Adding money back into your budget is always a good thing and doing your part to help the environment is an added bonus for these energy-saving tips.

Eliminate wasted water. Repair drippy faucets or replace them with newer models. The latest faucet technologies include touch control and other convenient features. Consider installing a low-flow shower head. Today’s low-flow shower heads still provide a steady, healthy stream and aren’t the pitiful trickling devices like their predecessors.

Keep your heat and AC inside your home. Improving your insulation can add dollars to your wallet each month. If you notice your heating or cooling bills are escalating and you see icicles hanging off your home in the winter, that’s a sign that you need to update your insulation. Another way to keep more of your energy dollars is to use weather stripping or caulking to seal drafts around doors and windows.

Install ceiling fans. It may seem counterintuitive to add a device to save energy, but ceiling fans can help circulate air in your home, meaning you can adjust your heat or AC and use less energy. In the summer, set your ceiling fan to blow air down. This provides a gentle breeze and helps you feel cooler. Change your blade’s directions in the winter to force warm and cool air to mix so your furnace won’t have to work as hard. This keeps the air in the room at a steadier temperature.

Switch to LED light bulbs. Light-emitting diode (LED) lights are not only longer-lasting, but they also are more efficient and provide better quality lighting than other types of lighting. Energy Star rated LED lights use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. Be sure to check the lighting facts label to find the right brightness and color. M.L. Taylor Construction can also do a lighting audit of your home or business and help you find the best solutions for each room.

For help in making your home more energy-efficient, reach out to M.L. Taylor Construction at 765-529-8011.