Registration opens tomorrow for popular program that helps Rhode Islanders save energy, money
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and the Arbor Day Foundation are teaming up once again to give away 1,000 trees as part of the State's Energy-Saving Trees Program. The Program helps homeowners conserve energy and reduce utility costs while beautifying their neighborhood.
Registration opens Monday, September 12 and is required in order to reserve a tree. Supplies go fast, so early registration is recommended. For more information and/or to register for the program, visit www.arborday.org/RIDEM.
"We're happy to partner with the Arbor Day Foundation again this fall to offer free trees to Rhode Islanders," said DEM Director Janet Coit. "Last spring the program was wildly successful – with all trees spoken for within the first 24 hours of registration opening. Tremendous! Planting a tree is a great way for homeowners to reduce their monthly expenses while promoting a healthier environment and creating a beautiful memory with their families."
Trees play an important role in cooling streets and homes, filtering air, and reducing stormwater pollution. The trees distributed under the Energy-Saving Trees Program are approximately four to six feet tall and will be distributed in three-gallon containers for easy transport. The Rhode Island Tree Council will provide planting and care instruction to homeowners – as well as guidance on how to maximize energy-savings. When planted properly, a single mature tree can save $30 annually in heating and cooling costs.
Trees can be picked up during one of the following pick-up events:
Saturday, October 1 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) North Scituate Farmers' Market, 46 Institute Lane, North Scituate
Saturday, October 15 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) URI East Farm Farmers' Market, 1 East Farm Road, Kingston
Saturday, October 22 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Pawtuxet Village Farmers' Market, 60 Rhodes Place, Cranston
Saturday, October 29 (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) Mt. Hope Farm Farmers' Market, 250 Metacom Avenue, Bristol
For more information on DEM's programs and divisions, visit www.dem.ri.gov or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandDEM or via Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM).