With an Intense storm headed to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and winter quickly approaching, many Connecticut and Massachusetts residents are scrambling to not only conserve energy, but also ways to save money while keeping their homes as warm as possible.

What it really comes down to is making sure that your home is as efficient as possible, while your heater is being used throughout the cooler months.  So here are some great, cheap ways to make sure that the heat in your home stays INSIDE and not finding an exit outside.

5 Energy Efficient Tips for Connecticut & Massachusetts Homeowners

1. Buy or make a draft snake for your doors

While you can find these on sale in many stores throughout New England, creating one is just as easy.  Take a towel, wrap and fold tight and place it at the bottom of any door in your home.  You might find this to be a pain with doors used on a regular basis, but if you have attic doors on the upper level, this is a great way to conserve energy!

2. Run your ceiling fans in REVERSE!

Many of us just automatically think of fans being used during the summer months, however they can help with circulating the air during the winter months! As Popular Mechanics suggests, “Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it warmer: air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space – cutting your heating costs as much as 10%!”

3. Monitor your thermostat by programming it

Ever leave your home without turning down the heat?  If you aren’t in a room or specific location, why keep the temperature up for no reason! Programmable thermostats are extremely affordable and will give you that peace of mind to ensure you are throwing money out the window!

4. Insulate piping leaving your foundation

If you have any piping leaving your foundation creating a hole, make sure that the hole is tight and no room for any leaks.  If there is, add caulking or other weather stripping to ensure those cracks are not letting money escape.  You can even go one step further and insulate piping! if you find that any of your pipes are warm to the touch, they may qualify for insulation which you can purchase at most any hardware store.  This will help save money and also help with any chance of pipes freezing.

5. Heating system maintenance check

Like everything else whether it be your car, air condition, snow blower, vacuum, etc; Making sure that your heating system is as efficient as possible and working properly is key.  When your system maintenance is due for a tune-up, it can often work much hard and less efficient.  Make sure it is in good working order and properly maintained before putting it to hard work.

Finally, other great ways to make your house efficient and cost effective is installation of storm windows, doors, roofing need and installation.  While our 5 steps can help out drastically thought the winter months, often time investing in these other products can help even more significantly. If you have more questions about our energy efficient products or for more information with roofing needs, feel free to reach out to our team at DiGiorgi Roofing at (800) 428-6438.  DiGIorgi Roofing & Siding is proudly serving Connecticut and Massachusetts.