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7 Easy Ways to Save On Summer Cooling Costs

DES MOINES, Iowa – (July 21, 2014) – This summer, don’t let your cooling bills soar along with the temperatures. MidAmerican Energy Company offers customers seven ways to beat the heat while making their homes and small businesses more energy efficient:

1. Set it smart: Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher during the summer to save on your energy bill. A programmable thermostat that raises the setting 5 or more degrees when you’re away and 3 or 4 degrees when you’re asleep allows you to save even more.

2. Block the sun: Close drapes, blinds and shades, particularly those on the south and west sides of the house, to shut out direct sunlight and keep rooms cooler.

3. Clear the way: Make sure air can circulate freely in your home. Move furniture, rugs and draperies away from registers, and dust or vacuum registers and radiators on a regular basis. Outside the house, keep your air conditioner unit clear of grass, weeds and shrubs to allow air to circulate over the cooling coils.

4. Keep it clean: Check your air conditioner filters monthly and clean or replace them. Wash the outside air conditioner coils with mild soap and water to remove dust and dirt.

5. Spread it around: Using portable fans or ceiling fans to increase the air movement in your home takes advantage of the wind chill effect, allowing you to raise the thermostat setting about four degrees with no reduction in comfort. Keep in mind that fans cool people, not rooms, so run them only when you’re in the vicinity.

6. Dry it out: Use bath and kitchen exhaust fans to rid your home of humidity from showering and cooking, but remember to turn them off as soon as you finish those activities. Set your refrigerator to the high humidity setting to improve its efficiency.

7. Let it wait: Plan to use heat-generating appliances such as ovens, dishwashers and clothes dryers during the cool of the late evening or early morning. Better yet, hang clothes to dry or cook outdoors on the grill and avoid turning on appliances at all.

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MidAmerican 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 and its Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via