Pepco Partners with Arbor Day Foundation to Provide Free Trees to Customers 

Pepco Partners with Arbor Day Foundation

to Provide Free Trees to Customers 

Customers reminded to always call before you dig to ensure you know what’s below

 

Washington, D.C. (April 4, 2018) – Pepco 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 eighth year, Pepco is taking

part in this important environmental program. Customers can reserve one free tree per household by

visiting www.arborday.org/pepco. Customers should have their Pepco account number available

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 eastern redbud, northern red oak, crape myrtle, river birch, and

red maple.

 

\”The Energy-Saving Trees program provides important environmental and costs saving benefits for

our valued customers. In addition, the program is a great way to enhance the beauty of homes and

neighborhoods, while also helping our customers save money on their monthly energy bills,” said

Donna Cooper, Pepco region president.  “As these trees grow they provide shade for the home

during the hot summer months, which helps bring down air-conditioning expenses.”

 

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 Pepco customers.

 

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.

 

Pepco 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 the region’s One Call, 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.

 

To learn more, visit The Source, Pepco’s online news room. Find additional information about Pepco

by visiting www.pepco.com. Follow the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pepcoconnect

and on Twitter at www.witter.com/pepcoconnect. Pepco’s mobile app is available at

www.pepco.com/mobileapp.

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