Pepco Providing 3,000 Free Trees to Maryland and DC Customers | Environment
From Bob Hainey: In its second year as an Arbor Day Foundation partner, Pepco is providing 3,000 free trees to customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia through the Energy-Saving Trees program. One thousand trees will be available for each Pepco jurisdiction in the District of Columbia, and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland. Launched as a pilot initiative in 2011, the Energy-Saving Trees program conserves energy and reduces household electricity bills through strategic tree planting.
Pepco customers can reserve their free trees today at arborday.org/pepcotrees.
Within seconds of accessing the website, an online tool helps Pepco customers find the most strategic location for planting and estimates the annual savings that will result from the tree. Customers can reserve up two trees per household and the program will continue until all 3,000 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 two-to-four-foot trees will be delivered directly to the customer at an ideal time for planting.
“We’re excited to continue our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation in providing free trees to Pepco customers,” said Thomas H. Graham, President, Pepco Region. “The Energy-Saving Trees program is a boon for both the environment and the pocketbook.”
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. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the tool also estimates the tree’s other benefits, including cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management. Pepco has already been named a Tree Line USA utility by the Arbor Day Foundation, in recognition of its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care.