DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – For Texans looking to save money on their monthly energy bills, Oncor is offering a simple solution: plant a tree.
The Texas-based electricity provider, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation's Energy-Saving Trees program, is sponsoring the donation of 12,000 Texas Star bur oaks to its customers.
The goal of the initiative is to conserve energy, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve storm-water management through the strategic planting of trees.
Customers can reserve up to two trees per residence, which offer potential savings of up to 20 percent on your summer energy bills, according to the Arbor Day Foundation.
A simple research-based tool is available online which can guide you on the correct placement and type of tree for your home. The tool will also estimate your potential savings.
Oncor customers can then take immediate action by receiving a two- to four-foot tree from the Arbor Day Foundation, paid for by Oncor.
According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the 12,000 trees are estimated to yield more than $2 million in energy savings within 20 years.
"We're excited about Oncor's involvement in this program," said Gretchen Riley, Tree Line USA coordinator for Texas A&M Forest Service in a released statement. "Not only do their customers have the opportunity to receive free trees specifically selected for the urban environment, but Texans as a whole will reap the benefits of trees planted through this program."
Selected from genetic families proven to perform well in the Texas climate, the Texas Star bur oaks are a product of the Texas A&M Forest Service Urban Tree Improvement Program. The acorn-bearing trees can reach heights of more than 80 feet and have heavy branches that form an open, spreading crown of dark green foliage.
For more information, visit EnergySavingTrees.ArborDay.org.