Free Trees For Energy Savings

By: Jacki Ochoa Email
By: Jacki Ochoa Email

Friday was a beautiful day, giving some the itch to get into the yard and plant something. Omaha Public Power District customers may get to do just that very soon.

“You want apples? Yep, yep, you like apples don't you?" Karen Stodola was getting some help from her granddaughter at Mulhall's nursery picking out an apple tree.

She isn't the only person who will be picking out trees this week. OPPD has launched a program to give away 2,000 trees to its customers. The utility has a variety of trees that will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

“We wanted to select some trees that provided some interesting foliage, but also could provide that shade around the house, provide wind break, all those features that help with energy efficiency,” said OPPD’s Mike Norris.

OPPD customers can apply online, but the site does more than just take orders. You enter in your address, which type of tree you'd like and then drag the cursor to see how much you'll save on your utility bill.

In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, this project will save energy but also help educate the public about the value of trees, something Stodola already understands. “It will do two things besides being ornamental and pretty and also the fruit from the trees for the grandkids and to shade the house a little."

The website will also help users place trees where they are least likely to grow into power lines. Click here for more information.

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