Don’t Be Stumped by Landscaping this Spring! Get Started with a Free Tree from BGE

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This Arbor Day, Baltimore
Gas and Electric Company (BGE)
is helping customers with their
landscaping by providing free trees to customers through the Energy
Saving Trees Program
. Through a joint effort with the Arbor Day
Foundation, BGE is providing free trees to customers to help them save
energy and money.

When planted in the right place, trees can help reduce energy use
through summer shading and slowing cold winter winds. Once trees are
fully grown, they can lower energy costs by up to 20 percent, according
to the Arbor Day Foundation. In addition, trees can increase property
value, reduce your carbon footprint, improve air quality and more
effectively catch storm water runoff.

Customers can reserve one tree on a first-come, first-served basis
through the Arbor Day Foundation’s interactive tool at www.arborday.org/bge.
This tool helps customers identify the best tree for their property and
also determine where to plant the tree to save energy and money. Once
customers confirm their reservation, a 3-foot tall, lightly branched
potted tree seedling will be shipped to their home within two to four
weeks.

To ensure that these trees do not impact the safety and reliability of
overhead and underground energy systems and the customers they serve,
BGE provides these “Right Tree, Right Place” guidelines:

  • Do not plant trees on electric transmission or natural gas
    rights-of-way.
  • Do not plant trees near natural gas pipelines (marked by yellow
    markers), underground electric lines (marked by white or red markers)
    or their rights-of-way.
  • The Right
    Tree Right Place Guide
    lists acceptable trees for planting near
    utility equipment not located on rights-of-way or near pipelines and
    underground electric lines.

    • If you wish to plant a tree not listed, make sure it is also
      suitable for planting near utility equipment.
    • We do not recommend planting trees and shrubs directly below power
      lines. However, if you choose to do so, select trees and shrubs
      that will grow to a maximum height of 25 feet.
  • Call Miss Utility at 811 at least three days before digging to ensure
    that the area is safe for planting.
  • Please contact BGE with any questions.
  • For more information, visit www.BGE.com/TreeCare/RightTree.

Through BGE’s involvement with the Arbor Day Foundation, close to 25,000
free trees have been provided to customers since 2013. According to the
Arbor Day Foundation, these trees have helped:

  • Avoid nearly 55,000 tons of carbon dioxide
  • Filter 611 million gallons of storm water
  • Save more than 41,000 megawatt hours of electricity
  • Save more than 1.8 million gas therms.

For more information on BGE’s Energy Saving Trees Program, visit www.arborday.org/BGE,
or for more on the Right Tree, Right Place program, click
here.

BGE,
founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest
natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE
delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more
than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s
approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable
delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy
management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community
assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the
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Contacts

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE)
Richard Yost, richard.yost@bge.com
BGE
Media Hotline: 410.470.7433