Posted on: December 5, 2016

200 Free Trees Remain Available For Galveston Island Residents

700 free trees have been donated to Galveston Island residents through the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy (GITC) and Energy-Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting.

Starting December 5, 2016, Galveston Island residents can reserve their free trees at 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. Islanders can reserve up to 2 trees per residence and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The types of trees offered include the following: Red Maples, Tulip Trees and Redbuds.

The program is on a first come; first served basis and will continue until all 700 trees are reserved. The two-to-four foot tall trees will be delivered directly to customers at an ideal time for planting.

“This program benefits our environment, makes our beautiful island more livable and can help our residents save money on their energy bills over time,” said Priscilla Files, Exec. Dir. and Sr. Arborist GITC.

According to the USDA Extension publication, ‘Tree Planting for Lower Power Bills’, only 17% shade over a house during the day translates to a savings of 10 dollars a month on power bills. Additionally, increasing that same shade to 50% will decrease power bills by an additional $20 per month. For those without trees, it takes time to plant a tree and generate this shade. However one study estimates that within 5 years of planting you can realize a 3% energy savings and by 15 years that savings can increase to 12% (Tree Planting for Lower Power Bills).

 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. Starting December 5,the online process is accessible by computer, tablet and phone. Also folks can call 855-234-3801 and an Arbor Day Foundation representative will register via phone. Additionally, on Monday the 5th, GITC will be at McGuire-Dent Recreation Center at 28th and Seawall Blvd. from 

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