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PECO is helping customers with their landscaping by offering free trees to customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program. Through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, PECO is providing more than 2,000 free trees to customers to help them save energy and money.
When planted in the right place, trees can help reduce energy use through summer shading and slowing cold winter winds. Once trees are fully grown, they can lower energy costs by up to 20 percent, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. In addition, trees can increase property value, reduce your carbon footprint, improve air quality and more effectively catch storm water runoff.
Customers can reserve one tree on a first-come, first-served basis by visiting the Arbor Day Foundation’s interactive online mapping tool at arborday.com/peco. This tool helps customers identify the best tree for their property and determine where to plant the tree to save energy and money. Once customers confirm their reservation, a 3-foot tall, lightly branched potted tree seedling will be shipped to their home within two to four weeks.
When deciding where to plant new trees, property owners are encouraged to “plant to the right tree in the right place” to ensure new trees remain compatible with aerial power lines. The Arbor Day Foundation recommends planting small-growing trees up to 20 feet from power lines, medium growing trees between 20 and 50 feet from power lines, and tall growing trees more than 50 feet from power lines.
Customers also are reminded to dial 811 at least three days before digging to ensure the area is safe for planting.