For Immediate Release
Trees planted in the right place can reduce energy bills for customers
BALTIMORE (April 15, 2019) – Beginning today, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is providing its customers with 1,000 free trees in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation's (Arbor Day) Energy-Saving Trees Program, which encourages people to conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting.
The trees—200 each of Swamp White Oak, Shadblow Serviceberry, Red Maple, Flowering Dogwood, and Tuliptree—are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be shipped to BGE customers at no cost. Trees are generally no more than four feet high when they arrive. Order limit is two trees per service address, and customers may place orders at arborday.org/bge.
Properly planted trees can help reduce energy use through summer shading and by slowing cold winter winds. As trees grow, they could lower customer energy bills by 15 to 30 percent. However, selecting the wrong tree for a site can result in significant pruning or removal, and increase the risk of serious electric service interruptions in the future. Before planting a tree, customers are advised to:
BGE's partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation is now in its seventh year. During that time, BGE customers have received more than 30,000 trees through the joint effort. According to Arbor Day, those trees planted by BGE customers have helped avoid nearly 90,000 tons of carbon dioxide, filter 990 million gallons of storm water, save more than 44,000 megawatt hours of electricity, and save more than 1.85 million natural gas therms.
Earlier this year, BGE's parent company, Exelon, joined the Arbor Day Foundation's Evergreen Alliance, a dedicated group of corporate partners that have made a long-term commitment to helping Arbor Day reach its goal of planting 100 million trees and inspiring five million tree planters by 2022. Evergreen Alliance members provide funding and spearhead tree-planting programs and educational campaigns to drive consumer awareness and action, particularly among their own global employees.
Exelon operating companies in collaboration with Arbor Day have distributed more than 100,000 free trees to homeowners in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, and Pennsylvania through the Energy-Saving Trees Program over the last eight years. These 100,000 trees are projected to bring $65 million in environmental benefits to the communities Exelon serves.
More information about the Energy-Saving Trees Program is available at bge.com.
About the Arbor Day Foundation:The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. In the J.D. Power 2017 and 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM , BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the East among Large Utilities. In addition, in the J.D. Power 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM BGE received Best in Customer Satisfaction with Business Natural Gas Service in the East. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (or "BGE") received the highest score in the East Large segment of the 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study and the East Region of the 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study of electric and gas utility customer satisfaction among business customers. Visit jdpower.com/awards.