LANDING, N.J. — Atlantic
City Electric is providing 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. Customers can reserve
up to two free trees per household at www.arborday.org/ace or by calling 1-855-670-2773.
Trees were made available first to
customers who were on the waiting list from the 2015 program. Those customers
received an email from the Arbor Day Foundation. The remaining trees are being
made available, while supplies last, to all residential customers starting
today, March 21.
An online tool can help Atlantic City
Electric customers find the most strategic location for planting and estimate
the annual savings that will result from the trees. Customers may call the
Arbor Day Foundation for technical help and other questions at 1-855-234-3801.
Shade trees can reduce residential
cooling costs by as much as 30 percent, while in the winter trees reduce wind
speeds and infiltration of cold air into buildings, thereby reducing heating
costs. The Arbor Day Foundation calculates that the 1,350 trees are estimated
to produce nearly $295,000in energy
savings within 20 years. The 18- to 36-inch trees that will be delivered
directly to customers include American beech, bald cypress, river birch, sugar
maple and white dogwood, and are in small containers that allow for the growth
of a better root system.
“Once again we are pleased to support
the Energy-Saving Trees program which benefits the environment and helps
beautify the communities in our service territory,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic
City Electric region president. “In addition, the program can help our
customers save money on their air-conditioning and heating expenses since trees
provide shade in the summer and let the sun in during the winter.”
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.
Find additional information
on how to save energy by visiting www.atlanticcityelectric.com. Follow us
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