GOOD MORNING DELMARVA - A Delmarva Power official will join us to discuss two topics, the first being offering free trees to customers and the second is reminding customers to call 811 before digging.
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- Delmarva Power is now offering 2,000 free trees to customers through "Energy-Saving Trees," an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting. Delmarva Power customers can reserve their free trees at www.arborday.org/delmarva . The program will continue until all 2,000 trees are reserved. The two-to-four foot tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.
An online tool helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. Customers can reserve up to two trees and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The types of trees offered include Sugar Maple, River Birch, Hackberry, American Beech, Bald Cypress, White Dogwood and Washington Hawthorn.
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.
Arbor Day representatives estimate within 20 years the 2,000 mature trees will result in more than $380,000 in energy savings.
- Spring means many people will be outside doing yard work or engaging in recreational activities, which underscores the need to be safe around overhead and underground utility lines, warns Delmarva Power officials.
As a reminder, April has been designated as National Safe Digging Month; the nationwide number to call before you dig is 811. When 811 is called from anywhere in Delmarva Power's service territory, the call is routed to an operator who will ask for the location of the digging job. Within a few days, a locator is sent to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines so you'll know what's below - and be able to dig safely. This is a free service.
For anyone working outdoors, Delmarva Power urges they avoid power lines when carrying long or tall items, such as ladders, scaffolding, tree saws and pool cleaning equipment by holding them parallel to the ground. They should remember to look up before raising any items to be sure they are clear of any overhead wires. Touching a power line with any part of the body or most objects can result in serious injury or death. Electricity can move through conductive materials such as water, metal, wood, aluminum, string and plastics. Certain critical clearances are required by law and a minimum of 10 feet must be maintained when working near power lines.