Atlantic City Electric, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, has provided more than 15,000 trees to customers to plant in their yards over the past 10 years, and will provide 900 more this season.
According to the American Power Association, effective landscaping can reduce a home cooling bill by up to 50%; and in winter, trees can help block wind from the house, cutting heating costs by 20% to 50%.
Trees are distributed through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program, which helps energy service providers like Atlantic City Electric offer free trees to their customers. The 125,000 total trees distributed through 2021 by Exelon utilities, including Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco, are expected to absorb 1.6 million pounds of air pollutants, sequester more than 479 million pounds of carbon, save more than 185 million kilowatts of energy and provide more than $57 million in combined energy and community benefits, according to an April 5 Arbor Day Foundation announcement.
“Atlantic City Electric is honored to celebrate more than 10 years of partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation,” said Doug Mokoid, Atlantic City Electric region president, in a prepared statement. “The Energy-Saving Trees program provides important environmental and costs saving benefits for our customers in South Jersey, while enhancing the natural beauty of homes and neighborhoods.”
“Companies and service providers who take part in Energy Saving Trees truly understand the value trees have in a community,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We’re so thrilled to have a longstanding partnership with a utility service provider like Atlantic City Electric. The Arbor Day Foundation is proud to be a part of Atlantic City Electric’s climate action plan and is fortunate to continue planting trees with them over the years to come.”
Atlantic City Electric customers can choose from several species including Baldcypress, River Birch, Eastern Redbud, Red Maple and White Dogwood. The one-gallon trees will be delivered via mail by the end of May. To reserve a tree, visit the Arbor Day Foundation’s website or call 855-670-2773.