Black Hills Energy and the Arbor Day Foundation are making about 475 trees available for free to the energy company’s customers.
The goal of the foundation’s “Energy-Saving Trees” initiative is to raise awareness about how trees promote cleaner air and can help save money by saving energy. A properly placed tree can reduce energy costs by up to 20 percent, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates.
Beginning today on a first-come, first-served basis, Black Hills Energy customers can reserve one free tree per household at arborday.org/blackhillsenergy. The 2- to 4-foot-tall trees will be delivered directly to customers from May through early June.
An online tool at that same website can help determine where to plant the tree to gain the most energy-saving benefits.
Black Hills Energy serves customers in seven states, including Nebraska and Iowa.