A.C. Electric company to give away trees

Posted: April 01, 2013

As part of a national Arbor Day Foundation program called "Energy Saving Trees," Atlantic City Electric is offering 2,000 free trees to customers.

The idea is that planting them strategically near houses and businesses can help reduce energy bills. Arbor Day officials estimate that within 20 years, the 2,000 mature trees the electric company gives away this year will save $380,000 in energy costs.

An online tool developed by the foundation and the Davey Institute, a tree-care group, uses Forest Service research to calculate the benefits of planting trees, including cleaner air and improved storm-water management.

The two- to four-foot-tall trees - including sugar maple, river birch, hackberry, American beech, bald cypress, white dogwood, and Washington hawthorn - will be delivered directly to customers.

Trees can be reserved at www.arborday.org/ace.

- Jacqueline L. Urgo

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