Not only are trees aesthetically pleasing, they also increase property value, provide cooling shade to your home's interior and exterior, remove pollutants from the air, reduce storm water runoff and improve the environment for a sustainable future.
Trees planted on the west, south and east sides of your home or building provide shade from the sun during the hottest times of the day, reducing the load on your air conditioning system. Shading from trees can reduce surrounding air temperatures as much as 9° F. This helps reduce the burden on your air-conditioning system, which helps you save energy. According to a study by the Houston Advanced Research Center, a mature medium or large tree planted within 10 to 30 feet of a building on the west, south or east side can save a home approximately 381 kWh per year, or roughly $37 per year, in energy savings.
The 2013-14 Green Shade Tree Rebate program runs October 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014. CPS Energy customers are eligible for a lifetime limit of 5 rebates per physical address toward the purchase of trees from the approved species list Rebates are awarded on a first come, first serve bases and are available until funds are exhausted.
For more information, visit the nearest CPS Energy Customer Service Center or call 353-2SAV (2728).