PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PECO, through a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, is providing more than 1,000 free trees to customers to help save energy and reduce energy bills. Through the Energy-Saving Trees program, free trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to PECO customers to plant them in safe, energy-saving locations.
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 have the potential to lower energy bills by up to 15 to 30 percent. In addition, trees can increase property value, reduce carbon footprint, improve air quality and more effectively catch storm water runoff.
To reserve a free tree, customers can visit the Arbor Day Foundation’s easy-to-use, interactive online mapping tool at www.arborday.com/peco. The website also helps customers determine how to plant the right tree in the right place to save energy. Once customers confirm their reservation, a 3-foot tall, lightly branched tree seedling will be shipped to their home within two to four weeks from a local Arbor Day Foundation nursery.
Customers are reminded to dial 811 at least three days before digging to ensure the area is safe for planting.
For more information about the Energy-Saving Trees program, visit www.peco.com/community.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and more than 500,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about 2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 85.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 37.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2013. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations.