Get a Free Tree From the Electric Company

Atlantic City Electric is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide 1,175 free trees to residential customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program, an initiative that helps customers conserve energy and reduce household energy bills through strategic tree planting.

Atlantic City Electric is taking part in this environmental program for the seventh year. Customers can reserve one free tree per household by visiting arborday.org/ace. (Have Atlantic City Electric account number handy.)

A 1-gallon, 2- to 4-foot potted tree will be delivered directly to customers while supplies last. Available tree species include bald cypress, river birch and white dogwood.

“We are pleased to once again support this important program that both benefits the environment and helps beautify the communities we serve,” said Susan Coan, Atlantic City Electric region vice president. “This program can also help our customers save money on their cooling expenses as trees provide shade for the home in the summer months.”

Shade trees can reduce residential cooling costs by up to 30 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 calculates the 1,175 trees will produce an estimated nearly $380,000 in energy savings within 20 years for Atlantic City Electric customers.

The Energy-Saving Trees online tool assists Atlantic City Electric customers in finding the most strategic location for planting and estimates the annual savings. Customers using the online tool can call the Arbor Day Foundation for technical help at 1-855-670-2773.

The utility reminds customers to “know what’s below” – call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging. The free call to 811 connects to New Jersey One Call, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. —V.F.

Reposted from The Sandpaper