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Tips to make your home more energy efficient

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With warmer temps on the way, many will be turning off their heater and looking into flipping on the air conditioner.

So, what are some low and no cost ways to reduce energy consumption around your home or business?  Here are some tips from MidAmerican Energy.

ENERGY AUDIT - Take our free online or call for an in-person Home Energy Audit; visit our website to see qualifications

TEMPERATURE - Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in the winter to save some green.

THERMOSTATS - Save with a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when you're asleep or away.

HEATING SYSTEM - Have your heating system serviced once a year so it runs properly and efficiently.

FURNANCE FILTERS - Change your furnace filters regularly since dirty filters make the system work harder and use more energy than necessary.

DRAPES - Keep drapes, shades and blinds open on sunny winter days, especially with windows on the south side of your home.

INSULATION - Make sure your home has adequate insulation. This includes the attic, exterior walls, floors, basement and crawl spaces.

LIGHTS - Install ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulbs and appliances in your home. ENERGY STAR light bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.

There are some slight differences between energy efficiency programs offered in Iowa versus Nebraska and South Dakota.

For more information you can call MidAmerican Energy Company at 1-800-894-9599 or click here to go to their website.

 

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