For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (April 29, 2016) – This Arbor Day, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is helping customers with their landscaping by providing free trees to customers through the Energy Saving Trees Program. Through a joint effort with the Arbor Day Foundation, BGE is providing 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 through the Arbor Day Foundation’s interactive tool at www.arborday.org/bge. This tool helps customers identify the best tree for their property and also 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.
To ensure that these trees do not impact the safety and reliability of overhead and underground energy systems and the customers they serve, BGE provides these “Right Tree, Right Place” guidelines:
Through BGE’s involvement with the Arbor Day Foundation, close to 25,000 free trees have been provided to customers since 2013. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, these trees have helped:
For more information on BGE’s Energy Saving Trees Program, visit www.arborday.org/BGE, or for more on the Right Tree, Right Place program, click here.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on
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