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MidAmerican Energy program makes high-quality trees available to Iowa customers

Plant Some Shade® helps customers reduce their future energy use, landscape their homes and contribute to the greening of their communities.

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 24, 2016) – Iowa residential customers of MidAmerican Energy Company have the opportunity to purchase high-quality trees for only $30 through the company’s Plant Some Shade program.

The program is a partnership initiative that promotes long-term energy and natural resource conservation through tree planting. Strategically placed deciduous trees provide shade on hot summer days, easing the cooling load on air conditioners, while conifers shield homes from blustery winter winds.

Customers can purchase up to two trees, 3- to 4-foot conifers or 5- to 8-foot landscape trees – for a discounted price of $30 each – with the remaining cost funded through a grant from MidAmerican Energy. The trees, which normally retail for $65 or more, are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; advance purchase is required. A variety of shade trees, low-growing ornamental trees and conifers are being offered. Order forms can be downloaded from the company’s website.

“Encouraging residents to plant trees around their homes is an effective way to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification,” said Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy manager of energy efficiency. “Trees provide year-round protection of homes from the elements, which helps our customers save energy and money.”

Plant Some Shade events for customers to pick up their trees will be held in April in Davenport, Council Bluffs, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Pickup events in May will be held in Waterloo, Fort Dodge, Des Moines and Indianola.

The program is administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Forestry Bureau and implemented by numerous local partners throughout the state. “This is a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to purchase high-quality trees at an excellent price,” said Evan Miller, partnership coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Spring is an ideal time to plant new trees. The season’s warm days and cool nights are perfect for establishment and root growth.”

For more information about the program, contact Evan Miller at 515-725-8455 or visit MidAmerican Energy’s Plant Trees, Save Energy web page.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 752,000 customers and natural gas service to 733,000 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.