For Immediate Release
SALISBURY, Md. - Delmarva Power is providing 3,000 free trees to customers through "Energy-Saving Trees," an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting.
Delmarva Power customers can reserve their free trees at arborday.org/Delmarvatrees, starting on October 9. 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 program will continue until all 3,000 trees are reserved. The two-to-four foot tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.
"This program benefits the environment and can help customers save money on their energy bills," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power Region President.
The "Energy-Saving Trees" 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 Service's i-Tree software to calculate estimated benefits. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the tool also estimates the trees' 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.
Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and over 124,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware .
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member non-profit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information about the Foundation and its conservation programs can be found at www.arborday.org.