PSEG Long Island, in partnership with New York State Urban Forestry Council and the Arbor Day Foundation, distributed 1,000 of its customers a free tree through the Energy-Saving Trees program. The program provides customers with a better understanding of how the right trees in the right location can reduce their utility bills and promote ongoing system reliability.
“Strategically planting energy-saving trees, helps save up to 20 percent on summer energy bills once the trees are full grown, while also improving air quality and reducing storm water run-off for all residents across Long Island,” said Michael Voltz, director of energy efficiency and renewables, PSEG Long Island.
PSEG Long Island customers reserved their free trees at the Arbor Day Foundation website with an online tool that helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. All customers that participated received one tree and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool, taking into account utility wires and obstructions. The types of trees offered include Tulip Tree, Eastern Redbud, River Birch, and White Oak.
The program was launched on April 3, 2018 and all 1,000 trees were reserved for customers across the PSEG Long Island service territory. Four distribution sites were established at PSEG Long Island offices in Hewlett, Hicksville, Brentwood, and Riverhead, for customers to claim their trees on Earth Day, April 21, 2018.
The 1,000 trees are estimated to produce more than 1,531,357 kWh in energy savings within 20 years.
The “Energy-Saving Trees” online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree software to calculate estimated benefits. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the tool also estimates the trees’ other benefits, including cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, and improved storm water management.