PSEG Long Island is giving away 1,000 free trees, thanks to the Arbor Day Foundation! For the second year in a row, we’ve joined forces to offer our customers another way to be energy efficient while welcoming spring and keeping neighborhoods green.
How it works:
Customers can claim their free tree by visiting www.arborday.org/pseglongisland, but supplies are limited. With just over 300 trees left as of April 5, we’re encouraging those interested to register as soon as possible. The online tool lets customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees strategically near their home or business. Of the five types of trees initially offered (Tulip Tree, American Linden, Eastern Redbud, Flowering Dogwood and Northern Red Oak), only Northern Red Oaks and American Lindens are available.
Once the tree is reserved, customers can pick up their trees from any of our four locations–Brentwood, Hicksville, Riverhead and Hewlett–on Earth Day, April 22.
Why it works:
In addition to being a tell-tale sign of spring, blooming trees offer significant efficiency benefits. The 1,000 trees to be given away are estimated to produce more than 1,531,357 kWh in energy savings within 20 years.
The online tool was also designed to provide information on more than just energy savings. After entering in their information, customers can also view estimated effects of existing nearby trees, including levels of clean air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management.
What to know when planting:
If you didn’t sign up for a free tree from us, but are still planning on planting this spring, be sure to check out our list of wire-friendly trees here before purchasing. Wire-friendly trees are typically flowering and less than 25 feet tall, therefore minimizing interference with power lines and the tree pruning zone.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog on National Safe Digging Month for tips on what to know before digging to plant.