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MidAmerican Energy offers "HomeChecks" to cut winter heating bills

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MidAmerican Energy is providing a useful service to people who would like a second look at their energy usage. It's called a "HomeCheck", and it's saving people money.

The checks provided by MidAmerican Energy are meant to do a few things.

"We would like to see people reduce their energy bills, live more efficiently and comfortably," said energy auditor Dan McIntyre.

And the checks will allow people to do just that.

"We'll get some information off the furnace, off the air conditioner, water heater," said McIntyre. "We'll also make sure everything is safe and inspect the outside of the home."

Everything that needs inspection will get it. And, many things that need replacing will get replaced.

 Mid American will upgrade light bulbs, shower heads and more - at no cost.

"Mid American Energy wants its customers to be comfortable," said McIntyre. "So they came up with this program to give back, and it not only helps the customers, but it helps everyone."

Mid American also offers thermostats that can be programmed to kick in only when needed.

But, McIntyre offered other ways to keep energy costs down in the winter time.

"Most importantly, to have your furnace cleaned and tuned, and check the air filters at least every two months," said McIntyre. "That's one of the easier things to do."

But above all, McIntyre says that having new equipment can save you the most money over the long haul.

"When a home has an old furnace, say from the 50s, and it's only 60% efficient, that's 40% of your money that's being wasted," he added.

So, while you might be nice and cozy this winter, your money could be burning up.

MidAmerican will also take a look at the insulation in your home, including in some of the hard to reach places like the attic.

They provide rebates for some of the more expensive items that need replacement, such as furnaces and air conditioners.

To qualify for a "HomeCheck," your house must be built before 2003, and have MidAmerican as its main source of energy.

 

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