Did you know that the typical U.S. family spends about $3,000 a year on home utility bills? Unfortunately, a large portion of that energy is wasted. And each year, electricity generated by fossil fuels for a single home puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to save energy and money at home. Start making small changes today.

The key to achieving these savings in your home is a whole-house energy efficiency plan. To take a whole-house approach, view your home as an energy system with interdependent parts. For example, your heating system is not just a furnace—it's a heat-delivery system that starts at the furnace and delivers heat throughout your home using a network of ducts. Even a top-of-the-line, energy-efficient furnace will waste a lot of fuel if the ducts, walls, attic, windows, and doors are not properly sealed and insulated. Taking a whole-house approach to saving energy ensures that dollars you invest to save energy are spent wisely.

Energy-efficient improvements not only make your home more comfortable, they can yield long-term financial rewards. Reduced utility bills more than make up for the higher price of energy-efficient appliances and improvements over their lifetimes. In addition, your home could bring in a higher price when you sell.

Making your home more energy efficient with ENERGY STAR can help to reduce high-energy bills, improve comfort and help to protect the environment. Improving energy efficiency is also an important first step for homeowners interested in green remodeling. GL GROUP can guide you in making your home more efficient with the help of our professionals.

GL Group Inc. as NJ Home Improvement Contractor and home advisor provides consumers with customized recommendations and quality service for improving energy efficiency and comfort. Common recommendations include sealing air leaks and ducts; adding insulation; replacing older heating, cooling and water heating equipment with more efficient units; as well as changing appliances and windows to Energy Star qualified models.

Always remember, the less energy we use in our homes, the less air pollution we generate. Call GL GROUP today for your free home inspection about making your home more efficient.

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