For Immediate Release
D.C. (March 1, 2017) - Pepco 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 calling 1-855.670.2771 or visiting www.arborday.org/pepco. Customers
should have their Pepco 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: eastern redbud, northern red oak, crape myrtle, river birch and
"We are enthusiastic about the Energy-Saving Trees program
and its goals to benefit the environment and help beautify our communities,"
said Donna Cooper Pepco region president. We encourage our customers to plant
the trees with family and friends to share in the experience and increase
awareness about the energy-saving benefits of trees."
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 years.
Customers should call 811 to have
utility-owned underground lines marked before digging. One free call to 811
connects you to Washington D.C.'s One Call center, 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.
The Energy-Saving Trees online tool assists
Pepco 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 1-855-670-2771.
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.
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