Plant Trees, Save Energy
While planting trees can add beauty to your home, trees also can reduce your heating and cooling costs when incorporated
into an energy-efficient landscape design that provides ample shade for summer and windbreaks for winter. Planting trees
also improves air quality and helps protect and replenish the soil.
MidAmerican Energy offers several tree-related programs that promote the planting of trees for their energy efficiency
Plant Some Shade®
As a MidAmerican Energy customer and homeowner, you can purchase high-quality landscape trees at discounted prices.
These trees, ranging from 3 to 8 feet in height and selected by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, are offered
for $30 each during spring and fall Plant Some Shade events. The trees, which normally retail for $65 or more, are sold
on a preordered, first-come, first-served basis at locations throughout our Iowa service territory.
for information on tree species.
Watch this site for
upcoming events and order forms. Spring events usually are posted in March, and fall events usually are posted in
or call 800-434-4017
Put the power of shade to work in your community by applying for tree-planting grants. Our Trees Please!
energy efficiency by providing windbreaks and shade while beautifying city-owned parks, roadways and other common areas within
communities both large and small. Matching funds from other sources must equal the grant amount; this includes in-kind
services, as well as donated labor and/or materials.
Each September, MidAmerican Energy sends tree grant applications to communities requesting them. The amount of each award
is determined after all applications are received. Awards are evaluated on the basis of project merit, benefit to the
community and ability to obtain matching funds. Completed applications are due the third Friday in October, and
communities are notified if they have received an award, and if so, the dollar amount of the award.
- Grant money must be used for the purchase of trees only.
- This program is not a residential customer tree-planting program. Trees must be planted in common areas such as parks, trails and city-owned rights of way.
- Matching funds from other sources that equal MidAmerican Energy's grant amount must be secured. This requirement can be met by in-kind services, donated labor and/or materials.
or call 800-434-4017
Trees for Kids/Trees for Teens
Trees improve the landscaping of school grounds and, when planted with proper consideration, can improve the
energy efficiency of the building itself. The Trees for Kids/Trees for Teens program is sponsored by the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry, and offers Iowa schools the opportunity to apply for
tree-planting project grants every spring and fall. Educational experiences are coupled with the planting of trees.
The goals are to educate students about the importance of energy efficiency and encourage tree-planting projects
The IDNR contacts schools regarding educational materials and grant applications for plantings. Materials include
lesson plans, bulletin board displays, learning centers and resource lists. All of the educational materials, as well
as grant applications, can be found at
Tree-Planting Safety Tips
Examine the area where your tree will be planted, and be aware of the space that roots need when planting around
foundations, sidewalks, tiles and underground utilities. Then look up to make sure you’re planting the tree where
it can grow without interfering with overhead utility lines. Fallen branches or debris from nearby trees may cause
power outages and create dangerous situations by knocking down power lines, and trees near electric lines pose a
danger to children who might climb them.
Call before you dig – it’s the law!
- Plant tall-growing trees at least 20 feet away from power lines.
- Plant low-growing trees (mature height less than 18 feet) at least 10 feet away from power lines.
- Plant low-growing shrubs, bushes and flowers nearest to utility poles.
Digging without knowing what’s below is incredibly dangerous, so get the scoop before you dig. Call Iowa One Call,
Iowa’s underground utility notification service, at 800-292-8989, or call 811. It’s free and it’s the law!
Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 at least 48 hours
before digging. Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps
prevent undesired consequences.