Pepco announced last week that it will provide 1,350 free trees to customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland through the Energy-Saving Trees program.
Itâ€™s the sixth year of the partnership that helps customers conserve energy and reduce household electric bills through strategic tree planting. Since 2011, Pepco customers will have received more than 13,000 free trees thanks to the partnership between Pepco and the Arbor Day Foundation.
Trees are made available first to customers who were on the waiting list from the program last year. Those customers will receive an email from the Arbor Day Foundation in the next few weeks. The remaining trees will be distributed beginning this week to customers who make the request while tree supplies last.
Pepco customers can request up to two free trees by visiting www.arborday.org/pepco, or by calling 1-855-670-2771. The 18 to 36 inch trees that will be delivered directly to customers include Eastern Redbud, Crepe Myrtle, River Birch, Red Maple, Northern Red Oak, and are in small containers that allow for the growth of a better root system.
â€œThe Energy-Saving Tree program benefits our customers by helping them to conserve energy, save money and improve the environment, said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. The program also educates customers on the appropriate placement of trees to promote ongoing system reliability, improve aesthetics and energy conservation.
The Arbor Day Foundation calculates that the 1,350 trees will produce nearly $294,720 in energy savings within 20 years.
An online tool can help Pepco customers find the most strategic location for planting and estimate the annual savings that will result from the tree.
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 Serviceâ€™s i-Tree Software to calculate estimated benefits.
Customers may call the Arbor Day Foundation for technical help and other questions at 1-855-234-3801.