In its second year as an Arbor Day Foundation partner, Entergy is giving away 7,000 free trees to customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Launched as a pilot initiative in 2011, the Energy-Saving Trees program conserves energy and reduces household electricity bills through strategic tree planting.
Entergy customers can reserve their free trees today at arborday.org/entergyarkansas. Within seconds of accessing the website, an online tool helps Entergy customers find the most strategic location for planting and estimates the annual savings that will result from the tree. Customers can reserve up to three trees per household and the program will continue until all 7,000 trees are reserved.
In exchange for the free trees, customers are expected to care for the trees and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The two-to-four-foot trees will be delivered directly to the customer at an ideal time for planting.
"This exciting program helps the environment and helps our customers out in their pocketbooks," said Brent Dorsey, Entergy's director of corporate environmental programs.
The Energy-Saving Trees online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of the 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 tree's other benefits, including cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management.
Click here for more information on how to get the free trees.