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Thursday, July 14, 2016 N/Warren Town and County News Page Seven MidAmerican Energy Offers Budget Billing Temperatures are climbing this summer, but that doesn't mean your cooling bills have to. MidAmerican Energy offers billing solutions and tips to help custom- ers keep their summer energy bills in check. Due to a warmer than normal spring, MidAmerican Energy customers used about 10 percent more energy in June than last year as air conditioners worked over- time. To avoid being surprised by high bills this summer, MidAmerican Energy encourages customers to sign up for its Budget Billing program. The program is free and spreads payments out evenly over the entire year, so customers pay the same amount each month. While Budget Billing is not a discount program and offers no savings or lower rates, you do get the convenience of a more predictable bill. The monthly amount for budget billing is calculated by averaging a customer's past usage history and pro- jected energy prices. The amount is reviewed every three or six months. During the review process, a customer's average monthly cost is recalculated. If the budget bill amount is adjusted, a new budget amount will start with the next bill. In addition to managing their bills, customers can implement five simple steps to help keep costs down. 1. Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher during the summer. Consider using a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature when you're asleep or away to save even more. 2. Keep drapes and blinds closed on hot, sunny days. This helps reduce the amount of solar heat coming in through the windows. 3. Consider using fans to supplement air condition- ing. Dialing up the thermostat by just 2 degrees and using your ceiling fan can lower air-conditioning costs by up to 14 percent over the course of the cooling sea- son. 4. Use heat-generating appliances such as ovens, dish- washers and clothes dryers during the cool of the late evening or early morning. Better yet, hang clothes to dry or cook outdoors on the grill and avoid turning on appliances at all. 5. Make sure air registers and radiators aren't being blocked by objects in your home. In addition, be sure to dust or vacuum registers or radiators on a regular ba- sis. Visit our website for more energy-saving tips. To sign up for Budget Billing log in to My Account or call 888- 427-5632. "- BAMBINO'S RESTAURANT 2025 Grand Ave,, West Des Moines 21st 1995-2016 COME CELEBRATE WITH US. Tues: Discounted homemade fried chicken Wed: Half-off pizza Thurs: All-you.can.eat spaghetti, no cork fee Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. to close; Sat., 4 p,m. to close 225-4842 COMMITTED TO OUR E EMC, CUSTOMERS AND [l~St~l~C~~. (~cnttpailit!S OUR COMMUNITY Home Office: Des Moine::, IA -Q~ ve~.em tin s uranc~.c om National Wildlife Refuge Events Saturda July 16, from 8 to 10 a.m., Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will host our June Photo Hike. This program is free and open to the pub- lic. Participants will meet outside the Prairie Learn- ing Center at 8 a.m. for a brief orientation, includ- ing an overview of some common summer flowers and wildlife that might be seen. Photographers will then be guided on a walk through the summer prai- rie. The other July Photo Hike will be Thursday, July 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. Participants will meet in the Prairie Learning Cen- ter for a brief introduction. Amateur and profes- sional photographers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. These hikes will be off the trails, so please come prepared. Bring your own camera equip- ment, comfortable shoes/ boots, long pants, bug spray, water and your sense of wonder. Photog- raphers will have the op- portunity to participate in a photography exhibit at the Prairie Learning Cen- ter in November and De- cember. Pre-registration is en- couraged. Please sign up in advance by contacting Doreen Van Ryswyk at 515-994-3400 or DoK en_varuyswyk@fws.gov. Join a ranger for a guided nature hike Satur- day, July 16, at 8 p.m. and learn all about the secrets of the prairie at night. The topic for this hike will be "Secrets of the Prairie Night ". We will be look- ing, listening and learning firsthand about the noctur- nal wildlife on the prairie. All ages are welcome to join the hike! To pre-regis- ter call 515/994-3400 or email Nancy_corona@ fws.gov. Another ranger-guided hike will be Wednesda36 July 20, from 9:30 to 11 p.m. The topic for this hike will be "Moths at Mid- night". Discover the noc- turnal life of moths and have another unique chance to explore the prai- rie at night! Bring your flashlights and we will supply the bug nets! To register call Brianna Patrick at 515/994-3400 or by email Brianna_Patrick @fws.gov. Call 911 for emergencies! Pictured, left to right, Mike Lane, Tyler Weig and Jim Lane. Photo submitted. Lane Insurance Agency, Inc. and The IMT Group Awards $500 to South Suburban Y Service Club. Lane Insurance Agency Inc. and The IMT Group recently presented the South Suburban Y $500 as one of 29 winners in the IMT Community Contest. More than 240 entries were received for this year's contest. This is the 19th consecutive year that The IMT Group has awarded local commu- nities that had a project in need of funding. Service Club members Mike and Jim Lane presented the award to Tyler Weig, Executive Director of the South Suburban Y. The Club is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the work of the Y. UIU Announces New Dean Upper Iowa University has named Dr. Richard E. Bleil of Rapid City, S.D., as the dean of the UIU School of Science and Mathematics. Bleil officially began his duties Friday, July 1. Professor of Science Scott Figdore will resume his role as a fulltime faculty member after serving as the school's dean for 3 1/2 years. Bleil comes to UIU from his position as director of the Rapid City Police Depart- ment Forensic Lab, having served in that capacity for nearly four years. In that time Bleil was instrumental in securing international accreditation for the Forensics Lab. He also served as adjunct professor at National American University, Western Da- kota Technical Institute, and the University of South Dakota. Previously, Bleil was a professor at Dakota State University where he created and directed both the physical science and the forensic science programs. Additionally, he taught both organic chemistry and biochemistry at Dakota State and Kettering College (Ohio) of Medical Arts. In addition to serving as president of Bleil Laboratories for five years, he also gained industry experience as a chemist for Sioux Valley Environmental PEI Inc., and Environmental Health Research and Testing. Bleil earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, and his doctorate in theoretical chemistry from Boston College. He also served as a postdoctoral assistant at Purdue University and as a visiting scientist at Harvard University, and conducted research at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Family Medicine at Norwalk will be offering special dates and times for sports and school physicals. Call for an appointment! f Tuesday, July 26, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, 8 a.m.-12 noon Saturday, Aug. 13, 8 a.m.-12 noon ., You can still schedule sports physicals during our normal clinic hours. Please call our office 285-3200 to schedule your physical today. When calling, ask about our special fee for those needing a sports physical only and will not be filing the visit to your insurance carrier.