For Immediate Release
Customers reminded to always call before you dig to ensure you know what's below
NEWARK, Del. (April 4, 2018) – Delmarva Power is providing 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. For the seventh year, Delmarva Power is taking part in this important environmental program. Customers can reserve one free tree per household by visiting www.arborday.org/delmarva. Customers should have their Delmarva Power account number handy when ordering the free tree.
The one-gallon, two- to four-foot potted tree will be delivered directly to customers while supplies last. Available tree species include bald cypress, river birch and white dogwood.
"We're excited to continue our support of the Energy-Saving Trees program. For the past seven 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 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 that the 1,175 trees are estimated to produce nearly $380,000 in energy savings within 20 years for Delmarva Power customers.
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 1-855-670-2772.
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 know what's below and 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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About Delmarva Power: Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 520,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 132 ,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.