Delmarva Power is providing 2,000 free trees to its customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program. Launched as a pilot initiative in 2012, the Energy-Saving Trees program helps customers conserve energy and reduce household energy bills through strategic tree planting. Delmarva Power customers can reserve their free trees at www.arborday.org/delmarva or by calling 1-855-670-2772.
An online tool can help Delmarva Power customers find the most strategic location for planting and estimate the annual savings that will result from the trees. The new Energy Saving Trees tool can run on Internet Explorer version 9, Firefox, and Google Chrome. Customers may call the Arbor Day Foundation for technical help and other questions at 1-855-670-2772.
The Arbor Day Foundation calculates that the 2,000 trees are estimated to produce more than $380,000 in energy savings within 20 years. Customers can reserve up two trees per household, and the program will continue until all 2,000 trees are reserved. In exchange for the free trees, customers are expected to care for the trees and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The 2- to 4-foot-tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting. The types of trees offered include sugar maple, river birch, hackberry, American beech, bald cypress, white dogwood, and Washington hawthorn.
“Once again we are pleased to support the Energy-Saving Trees program which benefits the environment and helps beautify the communities in our service territory,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “In addition, the program will help our customers save money on their air-conditioning and heating expenses since trees provide shade in the summer and let the sun in during the winter.”
The Energy-Saving Trees online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of the Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree Software to calculate estimated benefits.
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