DES MOINES — 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.


Plant Some Shade is a partnership initiative that promotes long-term energy savings and natural resource conservation through tree planting. Since the program’s start in 2004, over 44,000 trees have been purchased by more than 20,000 customers. 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. The trees, which normally retail for $65 or more, are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; advance purchase is required. Order forms can be downloaded from the company’s website. A variety of shade trees, low-growing ornamental trees and conifers are being offered.


“Encouraging residents to plant trees around their homes is an effective way to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification,” said Tina Yoder, MidAmerican Energy director 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 and Iowa City. Pickup events in May will be held in Cedar Rapids, 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, call 800-434-4017 or visit MidAmerican Energy’s Plant Trees, Save Energy web page.