Keep Texas Beautiful and Oncor, a Texas-based electricity delivery company, invite homeowners to participate in the Arbor Day Foundation's Energy-Saving Trees program. The program is designed to promote energy conservation by giving away free trees and educating homeowners on the best places to plant the trees to lower heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer, while avoiding power lines.
While many Texas residents pay their electric bill through a retail electric company, those living in the Dallas/Ft Worth, Tyler, Waco, Midland/Odessa, and surrounding communities likely receive electricity distributed through Oncor's lines.
Homeowners can reserve up to two free trees per residence, which offer a potential savings of up to 20 percent on energy bills, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. Trees around homes not only help reduce the amount of energy consumed, but also add property value, reduce carbon created, improve air quality and more effectively filter stormwater runoff.
A simple online tool, utilizing innovative tree mapping technology, is available to guide homeowners to correct placement and selection of trees. The tool also estimates potential energy savings for homeowners.
Two- to four-foot trees will be shipped to qualifying homes beginning in October. Six tree species are available through the Energy-Saving Trees program, all of which are native to Texas, including Burr oak, cedar elm, chinkapin oak, Mexican white oak, pecan, Shumard oak and Texas redbud.
Find out more about the Energy-Saving Trees program by visiting www.arborday.com/oncor. Be sure to have your electric bill handy as the program requires the first 10 digits of your ESI (electric service identifier) ID number. If you need assistance locating your ESI ID number, please contact your retail electric company.
Energy-Saving Trees is a program available to Tree Line USA utilities that provides free trees to electric customers to plant in strategic energy-saving locations. Tree Line USA is a program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation and is administered by Texas A&M Forest Service. It recognizes utilities that support good arboriculture practices and promote tree-based energy conservation.