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Save some green this St. Patrick’s Day with 10 energy tips from MidAmerican Energy Company

DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 16, 2015) – Keep more green in your wallet this St. Patrick’s Day by following these 10 energy-saving tips from MidAmerican Energy Company.

1. Take advantage of free home energy assessment services. Complete an online energy assessment to compare your energy use to similar homes in your area or schedule a free on-site HomeCheck® if your home was built before Jan. 1, 2005. During a HomeCheck, an energy expert will come to your home and identify various energy-saving improvements. To take advantage of this program, call 800-545-0762.

2. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees during the winter and 78 degrees during the summer. For every degree you lower the setting below 68 in the winter, or increase the setting above 78 in the summer, you reduce your energy consumption by approximately four percent over a 24-hour period. Save even more by adjusting the temperature when you’re asleep or away automatically with a programmable thermostat.

3. Switch to energy-efficient lighting. On average, lighting accounts for 20 percent of a home’s electric bill. Customers can easily save some green by installing CFL or LED light bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy and last up to 25 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.

4. Recycle old appliances. Keeping a spare refrigerator or freezer running can add $100 or more to a home’s energy bill each year. Customers with a working refrigerator, freezer or room air conditioner can call MidAmerican Energy at 800-621-2757 to have their appliance hauled away and recycled free of charge, and customers will receive a rebate of $50 for a refrigerator or freezer and $25 for an air conditioner.

5. Plant a tree. Trees can reduce a home’s heating and cooling costs when strategically planted to provide ample shade for summer and windbreak for winter. Trees also improve air quality and help to protect and replenish the soil. MidAmerican Energy’s Plant Some Shade program enables Iowa customers to purchase high-quality landscape trees at discounted prices. 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.

6. Preventive maintenance pays. Have your home’s heating and cooling system serviced once a year to keep it running efficiently. Check your furnace filters regularly and replace dirty filters that make your system work harder and use more energy than necessary. In addition, MidAmerican Energy offers rebates with its HVAC Tune-Up program to help offset the cost of increasing the efficiency of existing equipment and ductwork.

7. Ensure your home has adequate insulation for year-round comfort. This includes the attic, exterior walls, floors, basement and crawl spaces. A knowledgeable homeowner or skilled contractor can seal and insulate a home and potentially save up to 10 percent on annual energy costs.

8. Let the drapes do the work. Keep draperies, shades and blinds open on sunny winter days, especially with windows on the south side of your home, and closed on hot and sunny summer days.

9. Turn it off and unplug. When plugged in, many appliances and electronics use electricity whether they’re turned on or not. This is wasted power. By turning off and unplugging appliances and electronics, you can possibly reduce your wasted energy load by as much as one-third.

10. Clear the way inside and out. Be sure your air registers and radiators aren’t blocked by furniture, rugs, draperies or other objects in your home. Vacuum or dust register vents on a regular basis so air can circulate freely. Keep your air conditioner unit clear of grass, weeds and shrubs to allow air to flow over its cooling coils. This will keep your air conditioner running more efficiently.

Visit MidAmerican Energy’s website for more tips on how to save some green.

MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 746,000 customers and natural gas service to 726,000 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 MidAmerican Energy Company's website.