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    DES MOINES, Iowa – (Aug. 28, 2018) – MidAmerican Energy Company’s Iowa customers can save energy and save money on the purchase of trees through the company’s “Plant Some Shade” program.

    MidAmerican Energy’s residential customers in Iowa can purchase up to two trees through Plant Some Shade. Valued at $65 at retail price, MidAmerican Energy customers can buy trees for $30 each on a first-come, first-served basis. The program offers 3-to-10 feet tall deciduous trees, low-growing ornamental shade trees, and 2-1/2 feet tall conifers.

    Deciduous trees, which lose their leaves in the fall, provide shade on summer days to decrease the cooling load on air conditioners. According to USDA Forest Service research, strategically placed mature trees can cut annual air conditioning demands up to 56 percent and heating costs up to three percent.

    Low-growing ornamental shade trees and conifers, commonly called evergreens, are often used for windbreaks and can shield homes from winter winds to help ease heating costs.

    “We encourage our customers to plant trees around their homes to promote energy efficiency and environmental stewardship,” Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy director of energy efficiency, said. “Trees help protect homes from the elements year-round, which helps our customers save energy and money.”

    To purchase, MidAmerican Energy customers must complete order forms in advance on the "Plant Trees, Save Energy" page. Trees ordered can be picked up at Plant Some Shade events Oct. 10 in Grimes, Oct. 11 in Waukee, Oct. 13 in Des Moines and Oct. 18 in Sioux City.

    Administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and implemented by local partners throughout the state, MidAmerican Energy partners with each to promote the program.

    “The Plant Some Shade program is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to purchase high-quality trees at a low price,” Evan Miller, DNR partnership coordinator, said. “Fall is a great time to plant new trees. Warm fall days and cool nights are perfect for tree establishment and root growth.”

    For more information, go to MidAmerican Energy’s "Plant Trees, Save Energy" page, email, or call 800-434-4017.

    About MidAmerican Energy Company
    MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 770,000 electric customers and 751,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at and company social media channels.
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