Tips For Planting Your “Energy Saving Tree”

On average, a well-designed landscape provides enough energy savings to return an initial investment in less than 8 years. An 8 foot deciduous (leaf shedding) tree, as an example, costs about as much as an awning for one large window and can ultimately save your household hundreds of dollars in reduced cooling costs, but still admit some sunshine in the winter to reduce heating and lighting costs.

Using shade effectively requires that you know the size, shape, and location of the moving shadow that your soon to be planted “Energy Saving Tree” will cast. Trees can be selected with appropriate sizes, densities, and shapes for almost any shading application. Trees with high, spreading crowns (i.e. leaves and branches) can be planted to the south of your home to provide maximum summertime roof shading. Trees with lower crowns to the ground are more useful on the west side of homes, where shade is needed from lower afternoon sun angles.

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Tips For Home Tree Planning and Planting 

Proper places for trees around homes.  Planning for the future.

Because different trees have different mature heights, pay special attention to where you plant each tree.  Planting the right tree in the right place will enhance your property value and prevent costly maintenance trimming or damage to your home.  Good landscaping utilizes shrubs and low-growing trees that are compatible with Nebraska City Utilities’ electric lines.  These “wire friendly” trees will not reach electric lines and, therefore, will help prevent power interruptions to you and your neighbors.

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Electrical Outages



To report an outage any time (24/7), call Nebraska City Utilities at 402-873-3353
Remember that during storm season, many things can cause outages.  Wind, ice and damaged trees falling on the power lines.  If you see power lines on the ground, don’t touch it and call the Nebraska City Utilities immediately.

Some causes for electrical outages:


Lightning searches for the tallest object to serve as a conductor.  When lightning strikes electrical equipment, it causes loss of power. Continue reading “Electrical Outages”

Electrical Safety Classes

Our qualified electric serviceman gives educational electric safety to children in schools and/or organizations.

Our electric serviceman addresses electric safety inside and outside the home.  Some areas discussed are water and electricity, kite safety, and utility sub-station dangers.  He will also explain how we receive electricity to our homes and schools from that sub-station.  A safety film can be shown, activity safety sheets can be completed, and a time for questions and answers.  The kids really get involved and enjoy the program.  Please call our office if you would like to schedule a class.

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Tree Trimming Practices

Trees and good electric service are both important to our community. NCU must trim trees for safety purposes, as required by law, and to avoid service interruptions.

NCU trims tree limbs away from overhead power lines in order to achieve two critical objectives:
1. Safety
2. Reliability of electric service

Tree Trimming Methods

Many service outages and interruptions are caused by tree limbs that touch or fall into power lines causing damage to wires, short circuits and other problems. That creates potential danger for you and your property, danger that can be avoided by not planting tall-growing trees under or near electric wires, and by routine tree-trimming.

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