NEWARK, Del. (Mar. 1, 2017) – 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 today, customers can reserve one free tree
per household by visiting www.arborday.org/delmarva or by calling
1-855-670-2772. Customers should have their Delmarva Power
account number handy 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.
“We’re excited to continue our support of the Energy-Saving
Trees program. For the past six years, this initiative has allowed our
customers to proactively protect and beautify the environment within our
service territory,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president.
“This program can also help our customers save money on their air-conditioning
expenses since trees provide shade for the home in the summer months.”
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 calculates that the 1,150 trees are estimated to produce nearly
$250,000 in energy savings within 20
The Energy-Saving Trees online tool assists Delmarva
Power customers in finding the most
strategic location for planting and estimates the annual savings. Customers
using the on-line tool can call the Arbor Day Foundation for technical help at
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 USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree
Software to calculate estimated benefits.
Delmarva Power reminds customers to call 811 to have
utility-owned underground lines marked before digging. One free call to 811
connects you to Miss Utility, which notifies
the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Every digging project, no
matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811.
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