Save money in your home on these cold days!

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — It just got really cold outside and many of you are likely cranking up the heat at home, but you may be losing heat and not even know it.

News 8 discovered how you can save yourself hundreds of dollars on home heating this winter. Most of us are already paying into a state program on our utility bills each month that we’re not taking advantage of and could save you a lot of money on home energy costs.

From drafty windows to old water pipes, it’s easy to spend too much money staying warm this winter, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Energize CT invited News 8 inside a Bridgeport home to show us what a home energy audit looks like and  how much Connecticut homeowners can save

First we set up a “blower door” which helps depressurize the home to track down leaks and drafts and we found them around windows, outlets, doors and floors.

“It’s kind of an eye opener for homeowners,” said Javier Rodriguez, an energy auditor with Mr. Handyman.

Then we plugged and sealed them up, saving this homeowner money on heating. Next, those hot showers. We switched out an old shower head to one that uses less water.

“Less gallons per minute, less you’re heating water, the more you’ll save,” said Rodriguez.

We saved them more money when we changed out old lightbulbs to LED ones. They say just one bulb can be about $10 saved a year.

This is a program you’re paying for in your utility bill each month and the state says if you try it out, it just might pay you back.

“So today we provided the customer with about $1,000 worth of energy conservation services and it’s going to result in about $200 annually in savings,” said Elizabeth Murphy, program administrator with United Illuminating Company.

The audit is free for lower income households and about $100 for others. Some of these things you can do on your own without having an auditor go into your home.

A few other do-it-yourself ideas. You can get gaskets to put on your outlets and install your own weather strips around doors and windows. You can also go out and find your own low-flow shower heads.

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