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MidAmerican Energy Reminds Customers of Energy Saving Programs and Tips for Cold Weather

For more information, contact:
Tina Potthoff, Media Relations Manager, at 515-281-2585
Tim Grabinski, Director, Communication Planning, at 515-281-2343

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 7, 2012) – With winter just a few weeks away, MidAmerican Energy Company reminds customers that there are several ways to conserve energy and reduce monthly heating bills during cold weather.

MidAmerican Energy encourages customers to take advantage of the company’s HomeCheck® program. An energy audit can lead to significant savings for years to come. Customers can complete an audit one of two ways:

  • Customers can complete MidAmerican Energy’s online energy audit for their home or business at www.midamericanenergy.com. Under Energy Efficiency, select residential or business customer, and then select the appropriate state. Select HomeCheck® Online or BusinessCheck® Online to compare energy use to similar homes or businesses.

  • Customers also may qualify for a free in-home energy audit. Customers who reside in Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska must live in and own or be a landlord who owns a home or mobile home built before Dec. 31, 2001. Customers who are residents of South Dakota must live in and own or be a landlord who owns a home or mobile home built before Dec. 31, 1989. As of Jan. 1, 2013, eligibility for a free in-home audit will be extended to all homes built before Dec. 31, 2002, in all states served by MidAmerican Energy. Primary heating energy must be supplied directly by MidAmerican Energy. Customers should call 800-535-0762 to find out if they qualify for the program.

MidAmerican Energy also offers no- and low-cost energy saving ideas to make homes and small businesses more energy efficient.

  1. ROLL IT OUT: Make sure your home has adequate insulation. This includes the attic, exterior walls, floors, basement and crawl spaces. In unheated areas, be sure to insulate around furnace ducts or boiler pipes.

  2. BUY IT RIGHT: Install ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent light bulbs and appliances in your home. ENERGY STAR light bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.

  3. SEAL IT UP: Use weather stripping and caulk to seal air leaks and block drafts around doors, windows, chimneys, electric outlets and other potential areas for air leakage, including the basement and attic.

  4. SET IT SMART: Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter to save energy and money. You also can save with a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when you’re asleep or away.

  5. WRAP IT UP: Put clear plastic sheets over the inside or outside of your windows to reduce heat loss and increase comfort. Window wrap kits are available at your hardware or home store.

  6. LET IT SHINE: Keep drapes, shades and blinds open on sunny winter days, especially on the south side of your home. During cold, windy days, closed drapes double as insulators.

  7. TURN IT OFF: Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans only when necessary. Moisture from cooking and bathing helps humidify your house, making it more comfortable in the winter.

  8. KEEP IT CLEAR: Make sure your air registers and radiators aren’t blocked by furniture, rugs, drapes or other objects. Be sure to dust or vacuum registers or radiators on a regular basis.

  9. KEEP IT UP: Have your heating system serviced once a year so it runs properly and efficiently. Change your furnace filters regularly since dirty filters make the system work harder and use more energy than necessary.
Customers who want to ease fluctuations in monthly bill amounts may want to consider MidAmerican Energy’s Budget Billing program. The total annual cost for electricity and natural gas remains the same, but customers have the convenience of a more predictable bill amount each month. An average monthly amount is based on the customer’s past energy use. Participation in the program is free and available to all customers.

MidAmerican Energy also encourages customers to participate in the I CARE assistance program and help a neighbor in need this winter. The I CARE program helps customers who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes, or experiencing a family crisis, by assisting in the payment of their heating bills or making their homes more energy efficient. I CARE funding comes from customer donations, with a 25 percent match by MidAmerican Energy for all funds raised. All donations go directly to the community action agency that oversees the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in the area where the contribution originated. Customers can make a one-time or recurring monthly donation.

For more information on energy efficiency programs, billing options and the I CARE program, visit www.midamericanenergy.com or call 888-427-5632.

MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 732,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com.