Trees For Conservation
Provo City Power offers a free tree program for Provo residents with central air conditioning. As a locally-owned and locally-controlled utility, Provo City Power is interested in lowering costs to Provo residents. Lowering your energy consumption by shading your home, it will save you money and help the utility by reducing the need to purchase expensive power, especially at peak times.
The next tree giveaway is planned for the fall of 2017.
Trees act as a natural air conditioner, and when strategically placed around your yard can have a significant impact on your cooling costs, reducing heat and reflection from the sun’s hot rays. This natural cooling happens as water evaporates from the leaf surfaces into the surrounding air. When the right tree is planted at the proper site, trees can be as beneficial as other energy saving home improvements including insulation, weather stripping, and shade screens. Cooling costs can be reduced 30-50% by proper placement of trees around buildings, air conditioners, and paved areas. Also, lawns shaded by trees use 30-50% less water. The trees offered by Provo City Power are chosen in order to help you select a tree that would be the most appropriate for maximum cooling of your home. All trees shed leaves, twigs, flowers or a fruiting structure at some time. There is no tree that is completely maintenance free.
Remember, when planting your shade trees not to plant them any closer than 25-35 feet perpendicular to any power lines. Determine the shade tree’s width at maturity and plant the tree more than half that distance from the power lines.
Provo City Power plans to give out 500 trees on a first-come-first-serve basis. Submit your request online now and you will be emailed before the “Tree Giveaway” occurs with details and information on how to get your free tree. Trees will only be given to Provo residents who qualify as per the terms and conditions of the program. For more information and details regarding any tree related questions, you can visit the Provo City Forestry Division or Call 801-852-6920.
Customers who have received a tree in the last two years do not qualify but can reapply in the 3rd year.