Delmarva Power is providing 1,150 free trees to its residential customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program, which helps customers conserve energy and reduce household energy bills through strategic tree planting.
Starting March 1, customers can reserve one free tree per household by visiting arborday.org/delmarva or by calling 855-670-2772. Customers should have their Delmarva Power account number when ordering the free tree.
The one-gallon, four-foot potted tree will be delivered directly to customers, while supplies last. Available tree species include American beech, baldcypress, river birch and white dogwood.
Shade trees can reduce residential cooling costs by as much as 20 percent, while in the winter months trees reduce wind speeds and infiltration of cold air into homes, thereby reducing heating costs. The Arbor Day Foundation calculated that the 1,150 trees are estimated to produce nearly $250,000 in energy savings within 20 years.
The Energy-Saving Trees online tool assists Delmarva Power customers in finding the strategic location for planting and estimates the annual savings. Customers using the online tool can call the Arbor Day Foundation for technical help at 855-670-2772.
The 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s i-Tree Software to calculate estimated benefits.
For information, visit delmarva.com.