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Plant Some Shade Tree Distribution Events Planned for Spring
Posted: 04/16/2013
DES MOINES – Residential customers of MidAmerican Energy Company who live in Iowa can reduce future energy use, landscape their properties, and green up their communities through Plant Some Shade®.

Strategically placed deciduous trees provide shade on hot summer days, easing the cooling load on air conditioners or heat pumps. Trees planted on the west side of a house provide the most benefit.

Plant Some Shade is a partnership initiative to aid long-term energy and natural resource conservation. The program is funded by MidAmerican Energy and administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry, with eight local partners: City of Cedar Rapids, Johnson County Extension, Polk County Conservation, Pottawattamie County Conservation Board, Scott County Conservation Board, Warren County Conservation Board, City of Waterloo and Webster County Conservation Board.

Plant Some Shade enables MidAmerican Energy’s residential customers to purchase up to two, 3- to 8-foot landscaping trees for $30 each. A variety of trees are available, including two or three varieties of shade trees, a low-growing ornamental tree, and a conifer.

“Encouraging residents to plant trees is an effective way to reduce energy costs and promote a healthy and aesthetically pleasing environment,” said Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy’s manager of energy efficiency. “We’re pleased to fund Plant Some Shade, and we encourage customers to participate.”

Plant Some Shade events will be held in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Fort Dodge, Indianola, Iowa City and Waterloo. Advance orders are required and order forms are available at

Orders will be accepted until all trees have been sold. Tree recipients are given instructions on how to plant and care for their trees, including safety information regarding the need to call 811 before digging and the danger of planting trees near power lines.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to get a quality tree at an affordable price,” said Matt Brewer, partnership coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources – Bureau of Forestry. “Spring is an ideal time to plant new trees. The season’s warm days and cool nights are excellent for root growth.”