HAMILTON TOWNSHIP â€“ Atlantic City Electric has extended the signup period for customers who would like to receive free trees through Energy-Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program aimed at conserving energy and reducing energy bills through strategic tree planting. Customers reserved about 1,200 trees in the last few weeks, so there are approximately 1,800 trees remaining to be given away.
Atlantic City Electric customers can reserve their free trees at arborday.org/Atlantictrees through Wednesday, Nov. 21. An online tool helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses.
Customers can reserve up to two trees and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The types of trees offered include the following: Washington hawthorn, white dogwood, bald cypress, American beech, hackberry, river birch and sugar maple.
The trees are 2 to 4 feet tall and will be delivered to customers at an ideal time for planting.
â€śThis program benefits the environment and can help customers save money on their energy bills,â€ť said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president.
The online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Serviceâ€™s i-Tree software to calculate estimated benefits. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the tool also estimates the treesâ€™ other benefits, including cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management.
Many scientists say that within 20 years the 3,000 mature trees will result in more than $500,000 in energy savings.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. For information see www.arborday.org.
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