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DES MOINES, Iowa – (April 10, 2014) – MidAmerican Energy Company residential customers who live in Iowa can participate in the Plant Some Shade® program this spring. The program offers customers the ability to purchase up to two, 3- to 4-foot conifers and 5- to 8-foot landscaping trees for $30 each. A variety of trees are available, including two or three varieties of shade trees, a low-growing ornamental tree and a conifer.
“Encouraging residents to plant trees in their yard is an effective way to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification,” said Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy’s manager, energy efficiency. “Strategically planted trees provide year-round protection of homes from the elements and that means energy savings. Plant Some Shade helps our customers save energy.”
Plant Some Shade is a partnership initiative funded by MidAmerican Energy and administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry, with eight local partners: City of Cedar Rapids, Johnson County Extension, Polk County Conservation, Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, Scott County Conservation Board, Warren County Conservation Board, City of Waterloo and Webster County Conservation Board.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to get a quality tree at an affordable price,” said Matt Brewer, partnership coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry. “Spring is an ideal time to plant new trees. The season’s warm days and cool nights are excellent for root growth.” For more information, contact Matt Brewer at 515-242-6892.
Plant Some Shade events will be held in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Indianola, Iowa City and Waterloo. Prepayment and advance orders are required. Order forms can be obtained at www.midamericanenergy.com/iowa_plantsomeshade.
Orders will be accepted until all trees have been sold. Tree recipients are given instructions on how to plant and care for their trees, including safety information regarding the need to call 811 before digging to check for underground power lines. In addition, it is important to choose a tree that fits the site characteristics so that it will not grow into overhead power lines or buildings.
MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 739,000 customers and natural gas service to 719,000 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.