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DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 5, 2016) – More than 5,000 students from schools across central Iowa will fill Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 9 to watch the Iowa Energy take on the Westchester Knicks for the seventh annual Education Celebration.

Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy, Education Celebration is a time for kids to take a break from the traditional classroom and learn through interactive activities with the players.

“We’re proud to partner with MidAmerican Energy to offer kids in our state a unique and fun learning experience,” said Randi Burrell, vice president of operations for the Iowa Energy. “Activities during the game will focus on a variety of different educational topics, while students get to witness sportsmanship and teamwork firsthand.”

Player videos on the arena video board and a workbook that includes quizzes and word games will commemorate Black History Month, promote anti-bullying and educate kids on the importance of energy efficiency. Player trading cards with tips on how students can make their home and school more energy efficient will be handed out.

MidAmerican Energy strives to educate students on the importance of using energy wisely and safely. Its education website provides electric and natural gas safety and energy conservation materials for teachers and students Grades K-9. Topics include energy efficiency, electric and natural gas safety, and the science of electricity and natural gas.

Tickets to the Education Celebration game can be purchased by calling 515-564-8550, visiting www.IowaNBA.com, or stopping by the arena box office. The game is open to all fans. Tipoff is at 10:30 a.m.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 3, 2016) – With the completion of the Highland wind farm in O’Brien County and the Adams wind farm in Adams County, MidAmerican Energy Company has wrapped up work on two major projects adding more than 1,200 megawatts of wind generation capacity for customers.

The Highland wind farm, which was placed in service on December 3, 2015, is the fifth and final piece of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind VIII project – the company’s largest wind project to date, and one of the largest economic development projects in Iowa history. On January 30, MidAmerican Energy completed its Wind IX project when the Adams wind farm was placed in service. Together, Wind VIII and Wind IX bring MidAmerican Energy’s total wind generation capacity to nearly 3,500 megawatts, an amount that represents about 42 percent of the company’s installed generation capacity.

Mike Gehringer, vice president, renewable energy, said the completion of the two projects marks a significant milestone for MidAmerican Energy, which owns and operates more wind turbines than any utility in the nation.

“Slightly more than 10 years ago, MidAmerican Energy didn’t own any wind energy generation,” Gehringer said. “As a company, we committed to develop wind as a resource for our customers. Today, wind makes up the largest share of our generation portfolio, and we project that by 2017, we will generate an amount equal to 57 percent of our total retail load with clean, non-carbon energy from our wind projects in Iowa.”

Gehringer said the fact that wind is a free and abundant source of energy in Iowa helps MidAmerican Energy maintain low electricity rates for customers while meeting environmental goals. “Our investment in wind farms has put us in a strong position to comply with future environmental requirements without placing significant financial burden for that compliance on customers,” he said.

Construction of MidAmerican Energy’s wind projects has spurred economic development in the state, creating thousands of construction jobs and almost 200 permanent jobs in rural Iowa. Over the next 30 years, the company’s wind projects will generate more than $1.5 billion in lease payments to landowners and property tax payments to schools, cities and counties. MidAmerican Energy’s commitment to wind has helped Iowa attract energy-intensive businesses to locate and expand facilities here, enhancing the state’s economy.

“Without a doubt, our investment in wind projects has been good for our customers, good for communities, good for the environment and good for the state of Iowa,” Gehringer said.


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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 26, 2016) – As temperatures fall throughout the Midwest, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning rises. Carbon monoxide – known by the chemical abbreviation CO – is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas created any time carbon-based fuels are burned. Because you can’t see it, smell it or taste it, you may be overcome by carbon monoxide before you even realize you’ve been exposed to it.

Winter is the peak season for carbon monoxide poisoning, since people spend more of their time indoors in buildings heated by natural gas, propane, wood stoves or fireplaces. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 400 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning not linked to fires. More than 20,000 people will seek treatment in emergency rooms due to exposure to carbon monoxide, and 4,000 of those will be hospitalized.

MidAmerican Energy Company reminds customers of the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and the steps needed to protect themselves and their families from this silent killer. Here are some tips for reducing your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning this heating season:

Be alert to signs of CO exposure.
• The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning may be confused with those of the flu, which is also more prevalent this time of year: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. The key difference? The flu is often accompanied by fever, whereas CO poisoning is not.
• As the concentration of CO in the bloodstream increases, the victim may vomit and exhibit drowsiness, mental confusion and loss of muscular coordination.
• Exposure to high levels of CO may lead to loss of consciousness, convulsions, cardiac or respiratory failure, and ultimately, death.
• If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside into fresh air immediately and then call 911.

Install CO detectors in your home. Have at least one detector certified by Underwriters Laboratories installed on each level of your home. These devices sound an alarm before a dangerous level of carbon monoxide is reached. If you have a plug-in model, be sure it has a battery backup so that it keeps working in the event of a power outage. Change the batteries in the spring and fall when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

Have your heating system and other fuel-burning appliances checked annually. Properly installed and maintained equipment decreases your chance of being exposed to carbon monoxide. A qualified professional will run through a checklist to make sure your furnace and appliances are operating safely and efficiently. Periodically check vents, flues and chimneys to make sure they aren’t blocked, which can cause exhaust gases to back up into the house.

Never operate portable generators inside homes or garages. Generators give off carbon monoxide that can quickly reach toxic levels, even if doors and windows are left open. If you must use a portable generator as a power source, locate it far away from the house.

Beware of home heating shortcuts. If the power goes out or your furnace malfunctions, don’t bring outdoor equipment like charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors and don’t use your gas range or oven as a space heater. Before lighting a fire in your wood-burning fireplace, open the damper and keep it open until the ashes are cool.

Never leave your car running inside an attached garage, even if the overhead door is open. Fumes can still build up inside the garage and seep into the house.

For more home safety tips, visit MidAmerican Energy’s website: www.midamericanenergy.com

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 www.midamericanenergy.com
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 7, 2016) – Sunday is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. In observance, MidAmerican Energy Company advises customers to take advantage of HomeCheck as a first step in lowering their monthly bill and becoming more energy efficient.

“If your New Year’s resolution is to spend less and save more, scheduling a HomeCheck is an easy place to start,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency for MidAmerican Energy. “HomeCheck provides an understanding for where your home uses the most energy and what upgrades will give you the biggest bang for your buck.”

MidAmerican Energy’s HomeCheck is a free online or on-site energy assessment program that provides valuable insight into your home’s energy usage. During an on-site assessment, an energy specialist analyzes features of your home such as your heating and cooling systems, appliances, insulation levels, lighting, windows and doors, and points out energy-saving opportunities. The specialist may make immediate upgrades by installing devices such as a programmable thermostat, smart power strip, LED light bulbs, low-flow shower head or faucet aerator at no additional cost.

To schedule an on-site HomeCheck, fill out a form online or call 800-545-0762. Participants must be MidAmerican Energy customers residing in homes more than 10 years old. Customers with newer homes can participate in an online HomeCheck, which compares your home’s energy use to similar homes in your neighborhood. To learn more, visit the Iowa and Illinois or Nebraska and South Dakota online assessment pages on MidAmerican Energy’s website.

In addition to a HomeCheck, there are several quick and easy ways to cut your energy costs:

• Make sure your home has adequate insulation. This is one of the best ways to maintain a uniform temperature within your home, reduce the amount of heat that escapes and keep you warmer.
• Service your furnace. A yearly tune-up by a licensed contractor can ensure that your heating system is running efficiently and safely.
• Change your filters. A dirty filter makes the system work harder and use more energy. At a minimum, you should change your filter every three months. It may need replaced more during heavy use months, such as winter.
• Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter. For every degree below 68, you’ll reduce your energy use by approximately four percent over a 24-hour period.
• Consider installing a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature lower when you’re asleep or away.

For more energy efficiency tips, visit MidAmerican Energy’s website.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 30, 2015) – The newest additions to MidAmerican Energy’s fleet of service vehicles aren’t the familiar blue-and-white trucks customers are used to seeing at work in their communities. These new trucks are green – not just in color, but also in the way they operate.

MidAmerican Energy’s new Green Fleet service trucks are equipped with a conventional engine, plus a large battery pack that operates the boom and other vehicle features. This dual system eliminates the need to have the engine idling at the jobsite, which saves fuel, reduces engine emissions, minimizes jobsite noise and reduces the need for engine maintenance. The result is a service vehicle that is cleaner, quieter and less costly to operate, said Brian Knights, fleet program manager for MidAmerican Energy.

“Environmental respect is a core principle of MidAmerican Energy, and we’re always looking for ways to operate more efficiently and reduce our environmental impact,” Knights said. “The Green Fleet service vehicles help us meet these objectives in a way that benefits customers and employees, too.”

The JEMS® AT40G – the official model name of MidAmerican Energy’s Green Fleet vehicles – is manufactured by Altec. JEMS stands for Jobsite Energy Management System, an idle elimination system developed by Altec that uses an electrified power takeoff (ePTO) to operate the boom. In conventional service trucks, the boom that raises and lowers the bucket is powered by the vehicle’s engine, which means the vehicle has to idle the entire time the bucket is in use at the jobsite.

“Every hour a truck idles, it uses one to two gallons of fuel,” Knights said. “According to industry figures, on average, service trucks idle about four hours per day on the jobsite. So by eliminating those four hours of idling every day, we will save four to eight gallons of gas per vehicle per day, which will add up to a significant reduction in emissions and significant fuel cost savings over the course of the year.”

Cutting idle time also reduces jobsite noise, Knights said. “The electric motor that raises and lowers the boom is very quiet. This is a real benefit for customers, especially when we’re working in their neighborhoods at night on streetlight repairs or storm restoration.”

Once the work shift is over, the Green Fleet vehicles are plugged in for eight hours of continuous charging so they’re ready to go the next day. The trucks also are equipped with a second alternator that provides partial charging as the vehicles are driven between jobsites.

MidAmerican Energy currently has eight Green Fleet service vehicles – five deployed in the Des Moines area and three based in the Quad Cities. Knights said the company will add to its Green Fleet over the next few years as service vehicles are replaced.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 17, 2015) – Tis the season for giving and MidAmerican Energy Company’s I CARE program does just that. The program offers customers an easy way to help those in their community struggling to pay their heating bills.

I CARE raises funds for local community action agencies that assist individuals who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes, or experiencing a family crisis. The agencies use I CARE funds to help residents pay their heating bills or make their homes more energy efficient.

I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25 percent match from MidAmerican Energy. Every dollar given goes directly toward providing assistance to those in need; money is not used by the company. Last year, customers donated nearly $240,000 and MidAmerican Energy contributed approximately $60,000 for a total of about $300,000. This amount helped nearly 1,500 families in need.

“I CARE is a partnership between our customers and our company that provides the gift of warmth to those experiencing hardship right in our backyard,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction for MidAmerican Energy. “Despite mild daytime temperatures so far this fall, nights have been colder, and large numbers of families are struggling to keep their homes warm.”

Donating to I CARE is as simple as adding a dollar amount to your monthly MidAmerican Energy bill and noting on the bill stub or online that the overpayment should be applied to I CARE. Customers can also contribute by filling out an online pledge form and making a one-time or recurring donation.

Donations are tax-deductible and stay within the donor’s community. Local community action agencies administer the funds and determine eligibility. To qualify, customers must meet their state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) guidelines.

In addition to I CARE, individuals looking to support a family member, friend or neighbor in need can make a phone payment to be applied directly to that customer’s account by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632. Payments can be made anonymously, or MidAmerican Energy can send the recipient a gift receipt. There is no charge to either the giver or receiver for this service.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 15, 2015) – Searching for the perfect gift that will keep giving long after the holiday season ends? MidAmerican Energy Company can help. Here are seven gift ideas – ranging from big-ticket items to stocking stuffers – that will help family and friends save energy and money all year long.

1. ENERGY STAR® electronics: Televisions and other consumer electronic products carrying the ENERGY STAR label are up to 50 percent more efficient than conventional models. Check the yellow Energy Guide label on the product for an estimate of average energy consumption and annual cost to operate. According to the Department of Energy, about 10 to 15 percent of all electricity used in American homes can be attributed to electronic devices. If every TV, DVD, and home theatre system purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR certified, we would save nearly $150 million and prevent nearly 2 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year, equal to the emissions from more than 175,000 cars.

2. Advanced power strip (APS): A must for home entertainment systems and home offices, these smart power strips allow you to control the energy use of several devices with just one click. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 75 percent of the electricity used to power electronics is consumed while they’re turned off, costing the average U.S. household $100 a year in wasted energy. You can eliminate this phantom load with an APS that powers down all components when the TV or computer is switched off.

3. Power meter: The gadget guru or penny pincher on your list will love this. Plug the meter into an outlet and then plug any item into the meter to see how much electricity the item is using. You might be surprised to learn which items in your home are drawing the most energy.

4. Pressure cooker: New generation pressure cookers not only prepare meals faster, they use up to 70 percent less energy than cooking with traditional pots and pans.

5. Programmable thermostat: Save on your annual heating and cooling costs by using a programmable thermostat to schedule the times you run the furnace or air conditioner. When you’re asleep or away, the programmable thermostat can automatically adjust your system to operate 7-10 degrees up or down from its normal setting. Doing this over an eight-hour period each day can save you as much as 10 percent on your utility bills over the course of a year.

6. A micro fleece blanket or throw: For low-tech energy savings, nothing beats a blanket or throw made of micro fleece. The fabric is lightweight but incredibly warm, so you can turn down the thermostat a few degrees and remain comfortable while you read or watch TV.

7. LED and CFL light bulbs: These make great stocking stuffers. LED bulbs cost a little more, but they last longer than compact fluorescents, and prices continue to come down on both types of bulbs. Both are excellent choices to replace incandescent bulbs in lamps and fixtures – a CFL uses 75 percent less electricity and lasts up to 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb, and an LED uses 80-85 percent less electricity and lasts up to 40 times longer.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 7, 2015) – Jolly Holiday Lights in Des Moines’ Water Works Park is going green for the fourth consecutive year. MidAmerican Energy Company is offsetting 100 percent of the light show’s electricity usage with wind energy.

The company is donating renewable energy certificates to Make-A-Wish Iowa, organizer of Jolly Holiday Lights, to offset the electricity used by nearly 100 light displays nightly through Jan. 1.

The renewable energy certificates will come from MidAmerican Energy’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas County, Iowa. This use of green energy represents a reduction of approximately 90 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – roughly equivalent to the emissions produced from 9,107 gallons of gasoline.

“We’re proud to support a holiday tradition that benefits Iowa kids,” said Mike Gehringer, vice president, renewable energy for MidAmerican Energy. “By using renewable energy certificates for Jolly Holiday Lights, we’re able to support a great cause and contribute to a cleaner environment.”

MidAmerican Energy is No. 1 in the U.S. among rate-regulated utilities in terms of wind generation ownership. New to the company this year are major wind development projects in O’Brien and Adams counties in Iowa. By the end of 2015, approximately 42 percent of MidAmerican Energy’s generation capacity will come from wind.

All proceeds from Jolly Holiday Lights benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa. Since its start in 1995, the fundraiser has raised enough money to grant approximately 638 wishes to children in Iowa with life-threatening medical conditions. The 3.5 mile holiday lights driving tour is open 5:30 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. Cost is $10 per car, $20 for a limo and $45 for a bus. Tickets can be purchased online, at a Des Moines area Hy-Vee or Casey's, or at the gate.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 5, 2016) – More than 5,000 students from schools across central Iowa will fill Wells Fargo Arena on Feb. 9 to watch the Iowa Energy take on the Westchester Knicks for the seventh annual Education Celebration.

Sponsored by MidAmerican Energy, Education Celebration is a time for kids to take a break from the traditional classroom and learn through interactive activities with the players.

“We’re proud to partner with MidAmerican Energy to offer kids in our state a unique and fun learning experience,” said Randi Burrell, vice president of operations for the Iowa Energy. “Activities during the game will focus on a variety of different educational topics, while students get to witness sportsmanship and teamwork firsthand.”

Player videos on the arena video board and a workbook that includes quizzes and word games will commemorate Black History Month, promote anti-bullying and educate kids on the importance of energy efficiency. Player trading cards with tips on how students can make their home and school more energy efficient will be handed out.

MidAmerican Energy strives to educate students on the importance of using energy wisely and safely. Its education website provides electric and natural gas safety and energy conservation materials for teachers and students Grades K-9. Topics include energy efficiency, electric and natural gas safety, and the science of electricity and natural gas.

Tickets to the Education Celebration game can be purchased by calling 515-564-8550, visiting www.IowaNBA.com, or stopping by the arena box office. The game is open to all fans. Tipoff is at 10:30 a.m.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Feb. 3, 2016) – With the completion of the Highland wind farm in O’Brien County and the Adams wind farm in Adams County, MidAmerican Energy Company has wrapped up work on two major projects adding more than 1,200 megawatts of wind generation capacity for customers.

The Highland wind farm, which was placed in service on December 3, 2015, is the fifth and final piece of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind VIII project – the company’s largest wind project to date, and one of the largest economic development projects in Iowa history. On January 30, MidAmerican Energy completed its Wind IX project when the Adams wind farm was placed in service. Together, Wind VIII and Wind IX bring MidAmerican Energy’s total wind generation capacity to nearly 3,500 megawatts, an amount that represents about 42 percent of the company’s installed generation capacity.

Mike Gehringer, vice president, renewable energy, said the completion of the two projects marks a significant milestone for MidAmerican Energy, which owns and operates more wind turbines than any utility in the nation.

“Slightly more than 10 years ago, MidAmerican Energy didn’t own any wind energy generation,” Gehringer said. “As a company, we committed to develop wind as a resource for our customers. Today, wind makes up the largest share of our generation portfolio, and we project that by 2017, we will generate an amount equal to 57 percent of our total retail load with clean, non-carbon energy from our wind projects in Iowa.”

Gehringer said the fact that wind is a free and abundant source of energy in Iowa helps MidAmerican Energy maintain low electricity rates for customers while meeting environmental goals. “Our investment in wind farms has put us in a strong position to comply with future environmental requirements without placing significant financial burden for that compliance on customers,” he said.

Construction of MidAmerican Energy’s wind projects has spurred economic development in the state, creating thousands of construction jobs and almost 200 permanent jobs in rural Iowa. Over the next 30 years, the company’s wind projects will generate more than $1.5 billion in lease payments to landowners and property tax payments to schools, cities and counties. MidAmerican Energy’s commitment to wind has helped Iowa attract energy-intensive businesses to locate and expand facilities here, enhancing the state’s economy.

“Without a doubt, our investment in wind projects has been good for our customers, good for communities, good for the environment and good for the state of Iowa,” Gehringer said.


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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 26, 2016) – As temperatures fall throughout the Midwest, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning rises. Carbon monoxide – known by the chemical abbreviation CO – is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas created any time carbon-based fuels are burned. Because you can’t see it, smell it or taste it, you may be overcome by carbon monoxide before you even realize you’ve been exposed to it.

Winter is the peak season for carbon monoxide poisoning, since people spend more of their time indoors in buildings heated by natural gas, propane, wood stoves or fireplaces. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 400 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning not linked to fires. More than 20,000 people will seek treatment in emergency rooms due to exposure to carbon monoxide, and 4,000 of those will be hospitalized.

MidAmerican Energy Company reminds customers of the warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and the steps needed to protect themselves and their families from this silent killer. Here are some tips for reducing your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning this heating season:

Be alert to signs of CO exposure.
• The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning may be confused with those of the flu, which is also more prevalent this time of year: headache, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea and dizziness. The key difference? The flu is often accompanied by fever, whereas CO poisoning is not.
• As the concentration of CO in the bloodstream increases, the victim may vomit and exhibit drowsiness, mental confusion and loss of muscular coordination.
• Exposure to high levels of CO may lead to loss of consciousness, convulsions, cardiac or respiratory failure, and ultimately, death.
• If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside into fresh air immediately and then call 911.

Install CO detectors in your home. Have at least one detector certified by Underwriters Laboratories installed on each level of your home. These devices sound an alarm before a dangerous level of carbon monoxide is reached. If you have a plug-in model, be sure it has a battery backup so that it keeps working in the event of a power outage. Change the batteries in the spring and fall when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

Have your heating system and other fuel-burning appliances checked annually. Properly installed and maintained equipment decreases your chance of being exposed to carbon monoxide. A qualified professional will run through a checklist to make sure your furnace and appliances are operating safely and efficiently. Periodically check vents, flues and chimneys to make sure they aren’t blocked, which can cause exhaust gases to back up into the house.

Never operate portable generators inside homes or garages. Generators give off carbon monoxide that can quickly reach toxic levels, even if doors and windows are left open. If you must use a portable generator as a power source, locate it far away from the house.

Beware of home heating shortcuts. If the power goes out or your furnace malfunctions, don’t bring outdoor equipment like charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors and don’t use your gas range or oven as a space heater. Before lighting a fire in your wood-burning fireplace, open the damper and keep it open until the ashes are cool.

Never leave your car running inside an attached garage, even if the overhead door is open. Fumes can still build up inside the garage and seep into the house.

For more home safety tips, visit MidAmerican Energy’s website: www.midamericanenergy.com

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 www.midamericanenergy.com
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Jan. 7, 2016) – Sunday is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day. In observance, MidAmerican Energy Company advises customers to take advantage of HomeCheck as a first step in lowering their monthly bill and becoming more energy efficient.

“If your New Year’s resolution is to spend less and save more, scheduling a HomeCheck is an easy place to start,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency for MidAmerican Energy. “HomeCheck provides an understanding for where your home uses the most energy and what upgrades will give you the biggest bang for your buck.”

MidAmerican Energy’s HomeCheck is a free online or on-site energy assessment program that provides valuable insight into your home’s energy usage. During an on-site assessment, an energy specialist analyzes features of your home such as your heating and cooling systems, appliances, insulation levels, lighting, windows and doors, and points out energy-saving opportunities. The specialist may make immediate upgrades by installing devices such as a programmable thermostat, smart power strip, LED light bulbs, low-flow shower head or faucet aerator at no additional cost.

To schedule an on-site HomeCheck, fill out a form online or call 800-545-0762. Participants must be MidAmerican Energy customers residing in homes more than 10 years old. Customers with newer homes can participate in an online HomeCheck, which compares your home’s energy use to similar homes in your neighborhood. To learn more, visit the Iowa and Illinois or Nebraska and South Dakota online assessment pages on MidAmerican Energy’s website.

In addition to a HomeCheck, there are several quick and easy ways to cut your energy costs:

• Make sure your home has adequate insulation. This is one of the best ways to maintain a uniform temperature within your home, reduce the amount of heat that escapes and keep you warmer.
• Service your furnace. A yearly tune-up by a licensed contractor can ensure that your heating system is running efficiently and safely.
• Change your filters. A dirty filter makes the system work harder and use more energy. At a minimum, you should change your filter every three months. It may need replaced more during heavy use months, such as winter.
• Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter. For every degree below 68, you’ll reduce your energy use by approximately four percent over a 24-hour period.
• Consider installing a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature lower when you’re asleep or away.

For more energy efficiency tips, visit MidAmerican Energy’s website.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 30, 2015) – The newest additions to MidAmerican Energy’s fleet of service vehicles aren’t the familiar blue-and-white trucks customers are used to seeing at work in their communities. These new trucks are green – not just in color, but also in the way they operate.

MidAmerican Energy’s new Green Fleet service trucks are equipped with a conventional engine, plus a large battery pack that operates the boom and other vehicle features. This dual system eliminates the need to have the engine idling at the jobsite, which saves fuel, reduces engine emissions, minimizes jobsite noise and reduces the need for engine maintenance. The result is a service vehicle that is cleaner, quieter and less costly to operate, said Brian Knights, fleet program manager for MidAmerican Energy.

“Environmental respect is a core principle of MidAmerican Energy, and we’re always looking for ways to operate more efficiently and reduce our environmental impact,” Knights said. “The Green Fleet service vehicles help us meet these objectives in a way that benefits customers and employees, too.”

The JEMS® AT40G – the official model name of MidAmerican Energy’s Green Fleet vehicles – is manufactured by Altec. JEMS stands for Jobsite Energy Management System, an idle elimination system developed by Altec that uses an electrified power takeoff (ePTO) to operate the boom. In conventional service trucks, the boom that raises and lowers the bucket is powered by the vehicle’s engine, which means the vehicle has to idle the entire time the bucket is in use at the jobsite.

“Every hour a truck idles, it uses one to two gallons of fuel,” Knights said. “According to industry figures, on average, service trucks idle about four hours per day on the jobsite. So by eliminating those four hours of idling every day, we will save four to eight gallons of gas per vehicle per day, which will add up to a significant reduction in emissions and significant fuel cost savings over the course of the year.”

Cutting idle time also reduces jobsite noise, Knights said. “The electric motor that raises and lowers the boom is very quiet. This is a real benefit for customers, especially when we’re working in their neighborhoods at night on streetlight repairs or storm restoration.”

Once the work shift is over, the Green Fleet vehicles are plugged in for eight hours of continuous charging so they’re ready to go the next day. The trucks also are equipped with a second alternator that provides partial charging as the vehicles are driven between jobsites.

MidAmerican Energy currently has eight Green Fleet service vehicles – five deployed in the Des Moines area and three based in the Quad Cities. Knights said the company will add to its Green Fleet over the next few years as service vehicles are replaced.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 17, 2015) – Tis the season for giving and MidAmerican Energy Company’s I CARE program does just that. The program offers customers an easy way to help those in their community struggling to pay their heating bills.

I CARE raises funds for local community action agencies that assist individuals who are unemployed, living on fixed or low incomes, or experiencing a family crisis. The agencies use I CARE funds to help residents pay their heating bills or make their homes more energy efficient.

I CARE funds come from customer donations, with a 25 percent match from MidAmerican Energy. Every dollar given goes directly toward providing assistance to those in need; money is not used by the company. Last year, customers donated nearly $240,000 and MidAmerican Energy contributed approximately $60,000 for a total of about $300,000. This amount helped nearly 1,500 families in need.

“I CARE is a partnership between our customers and our company that provides the gift of warmth to those experiencing hardship right in our backyard,” said Terry Ousley, vice president, customer satisfaction for MidAmerican Energy. “Despite mild daytime temperatures so far this fall, nights have been colder, and large numbers of families are struggling to keep their homes warm.”

Donating to I CARE is as simple as adding a dollar amount to your monthly MidAmerican Energy bill and noting on the bill stub or online that the overpayment should be applied to I CARE. Customers can also contribute by filling out an online pledge form and making a one-time or recurring donation.

Donations are tax-deductible and stay within the donor’s community. Local community action agencies administer the funds and determine eligibility. To qualify, customers must meet their state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) guidelines.

In addition to I CARE, individuals looking to support a family member, friend or neighbor in need can make a phone payment to be applied directly to that customer’s account by calling MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632. Payments can be made anonymously, or MidAmerican Energy can send the recipient a gift receipt. There is no charge to either the giver or receiver for this service.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 15, 2015) – Searching for the perfect gift that will keep giving long after the holiday season ends? MidAmerican Energy Company can help. Here are seven gift ideas – ranging from big-ticket items to stocking stuffers – that will help family and friends save energy and money all year long.

1. ENERGY STAR® electronics: Televisions and other consumer electronic products carrying the ENERGY STAR label are up to 50 percent more efficient than conventional models. Check the yellow Energy Guide label on the product for an estimate of average energy consumption and annual cost to operate. According to the Department of Energy, about 10 to 15 percent of all electricity used in American homes can be attributed to electronic devices. If every TV, DVD, and home theatre system purchased in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR certified, we would save nearly $150 million and prevent nearly 2 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions every year, equal to the emissions from more than 175,000 cars.

2. Advanced power strip (APS): A must for home entertainment systems and home offices, these smart power strips allow you to control the energy use of several devices with just one click. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, 75 percent of the electricity used to power electronics is consumed while they’re turned off, costing the average U.S. household $100 a year in wasted energy. You can eliminate this phantom load with an APS that powers down all components when the TV or computer is switched off.

3. Power meter: The gadget guru or penny pincher on your list will love this. Plug the meter into an outlet and then plug any item into the meter to see how much electricity the item is using. You might be surprised to learn which items in your home are drawing the most energy.

4. Pressure cooker: New generation pressure cookers not only prepare meals faster, they use up to 70 percent less energy than cooking with traditional pots and pans.

5. Programmable thermostat: Save on your annual heating and cooling costs by using a programmable thermostat to schedule the times you run the furnace or air conditioner. When you’re asleep or away, the programmable thermostat can automatically adjust your system to operate 7-10 degrees up or down from its normal setting. Doing this over an eight-hour period each day can save you as much as 10 percent on your utility bills over the course of a year.

6. A micro fleece blanket or throw: For low-tech energy savings, nothing beats a blanket or throw made of micro fleece. The fabric is lightweight but incredibly warm, so you can turn down the thermostat a few degrees and remain comfortable while you read or watch TV.

7. LED and CFL light bulbs: These make great stocking stuffers. LED bulbs cost a little more, but they last longer than compact fluorescents, and prices continue to come down on both types of bulbs. Both are excellent choices to replace incandescent bulbs in lamps and fixtures – a CFL uses 75 percent less electricity and lasts up to 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb, and an LED uses 80-85 percent less electricity and lasts up to 40 times longer.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 7, 2015) – Jolly Holiday Lights in Des Moines’ Water Works Park is going green for the fourth consecutive year. MidAmerican Energy Company is offsetting 100 percent of the light show’s electricity usage with wind energy.

The company is donating renewable energy certificates to Make-A-Wish Iowa, organizer of Jolly Holiday Lights, to offset the electricity used by nearly 100 light displays nightly through Jan. 1.

The renewable energy certificates will come from MidAmerican Energy’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas County, Iowa. This use of green energy represents a reduction of approximately 90 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – roughly equivalent to the emissions produced from 9,107 gallons of gasoline.

“We’re proud to support a holiday tradition that benefits Iowa kids,” said Mike Gehringer, vice president, renewable energy for MidAmerican Energy. “By using renewable energy certificates for Jolly Holiday Lights, we’re able to support a great cause and contribute to a cleaner environment.”

MidAmerican Energy is No. 1 in the U.S. among rate-regulated utilities in terms of wind generation ownership. New to the company this year are major wind development projects in O’Brien and Adams counties in Iowa. By the end of 2015, approximately 42 percent of MidAmerican Energy’s generation capacity will come from wind.

All proceeds from Jolly Holiday Lights benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa. Since its start in 1995, the fundraiser has raised enough money to grant approximately 638 wishes to children in Iowa with life-threatening medical conditions. The 3.5 mile holiday lights driving tour is open 5:30 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. Cost is $10 per car, $20 for a limo and $45 for a bus. Tickets can be purchased online, at a Des Moines area Hy-Vee or Casey's, or at the gate.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 2, 2015) – As the weather grows colder, many customers turn to space heaters for added warmth.

According to the Department of Energy, space heaters can save money on heating bills when they are used to heat or supplement inadequate heating in only one room. In addition, they can provide additional heat to those sensitive to the cold, commonly the elderly.

While space heaters can offer comfort, and in some cases be economical, they are the culprit of more than 25,000 house fires every year in the U.S. according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

MidAmerican Energy Company encourages customers to keep the following 10 tips in mind when using space heaters:

1. Purchase a certified space heater. Buy a space heater certified by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. These heaters have been tested to ensure electrical components are working safely. In addition, look for a space heater with energy-saving features such as an automatic thermostat or shut-off timer.

2. Choose electric. Electric space heaters are the only unvented devices safe to use indoors. Unlike other unvented units, electric space heaters do not produce harmful gases, like carbon monoxide.

3. Have a vented space heater? Get it inspected. Vented space heaters, such as wood pellet stoves, can be used indoors. They are typically placed next to a wall with a vent going to the outside. Have these heating units inspected once a year because if the unit isn’t working properly, carbon monoxide can build up inside your home.

4. Do not leave unattended. If you leave the room, turn off and unplug the space heater to avoid fire hazards. Never leave a space heater on when you go to sleep. If you are getting drowsy, turn it off.

5. Avoid power strips and extension cords. Do not connect your space heater to a power strip or extension cord. Space heaters get hot and can cause a power strip or extension cord to overheat, which could result in a fire.

6. Keep flammable materials at a safe distance. Make sure items that can catch fire, such as furniture, rugs, pillows, bedding, curtains and clothes, are at least three feet from the heater.

7. Make a kid- and pet-safe zone. Always keep children and pets at a safe distance from space heaters.

8. Keep it on a level surface. Place the heater on a sturdy, level and nonflammable surface, such as a tile or wood floor. Space heaters with a tip-over safety switch automatically shut off when knocked over – a key feature if you have children or pets.

9. Never use propane space heaters indoors. Don’t use a portable propane space heater inside unless it’s specifically made for indoor use. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how and where to use your space heater.

10. Protect yourself with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. As a precaution, ensure you have working smoke alarms on every floor and in every bedroom of your home. Check that batteries are working in all alarms. Additionally, install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning. Install the detector at the height indicated on the manufacturer’s instructions.

For more tips on how to stay safe and warm this winter, visit MidAmerican Energy’s website.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com.
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Nov. 25, 2015) – MidAmerican Energy Company announced today that the abrupt closing of the company that handled its Appliance Recycling program has led to delays in processing rebate payments to customers. The utility is asking customers who have recycled appliances and have not received payment within the period indicated at the time of pickup to contact MidAmerican Energy.

MidAmerican Energy’s Appliance Recycling program offers rebates to customers who recycle old refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners. MidAmerican Energy had contracted with Jaco Environmental to handle the pickup and recycling of the appliances and process rebates for customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota. On November 23, 2015, Jaco officials informed MidAmerican Energy that the company was going out of business and would no longer be performing its program duties.

MidAmerican Energy is working with another vendor to handle appliance pickups already scheduled for November and December as well as future pickups.

“The appliance recycling program has been very popular with our customers,” said Tina Yoder, director, energy efficiency for MidAmerican Energy. “We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the sudden disruption of this program, and want to assure our customers we are working to address the issues with outstanding rebate checks.”

Customers who are still awaiting rebates after the payment period indicated at the time of pickup, or who have had an appliance recycling rebate check rejected, are asked to call MidAmerican Energy Customer Service at 1-888-427-5632 and provide their information. MidAmerican Energy will work with customers who have had rebate checks rejected by their financial institutions to make sure those rebates are honored.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
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 www.midamericanenergy.com