"There are so many things you can do and it will save you money," explains Chad Pregracke. Pregracke is a local conservationist and CNN's Hero of the Year.
The first step is to figure out how much energy your home consumes and evaluate what you can do to make your home more energy efficient.
"If someone has an older house," says Pregracke, "I would definitely recommend getting an energy audit. If it's older, the windows leak."
An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, save you lots of money over time. A professional technician will check for leaks, examine insulation, inspect the furnace and ductwork, among other evaluations. You can do an energy audit yourself, or in many cases, public utility companies offer free or low–cost audits.
"It's those small steps that can basically make some big changes," says Pregracke.
With all the money you can save by simply tightening up your home and doing a little maintenance, you can enjoy summer even more. MidAmerican Energy offers free home audits. They also have an on–line home analyzer you can do yourself.
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