A well-placed tree can help your home or business save energy by providing shade from the hot sun and windbreak from the cold breeze. Trees not only help reduce the amount of energy your home or business requires, but also add to your property value and provide habitat for local wildlife. Beyond that, they help reduce your carbon footprint, improve air quality, and more effectively catch storm water runoff.
Black Hills Energy is dedicated to raising knowledge and awareness about the positive impacts trees have on our homes, communities, and environment. We are pleased to offer two different programs in our states that collectively support our efforts to harness the benefits of trees.
If you're one of our customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming, you can reserve one free tree through our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. The program runs during the spring and supplies are limited. The video below provides detailed information about what you can expect and helps you better understand where to plan trees on your property for maximum energy savings.
If you are one of our Iowa customers, our Power of Trees program provides tree-planting opportunities to communities and organizations in Black Hills Energy Iowa service territories. The annual grant program is made possible through a partnership with Trees Forever. If your community is interested in a tree-planting projects, applications and details are available at http://www.treesforever.org/Power_of_trees and are due Nov. 1.
Don't forget to call 811 at least two business days before you plan to plant your tree to have underground utility lines marked. It’s free, it’s safe and it’s the law.