Energy Saving Trees program helps Texas homeowners

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Associated Press

Posted on September 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 24 at 3:02 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A new online tool could help Texas homeowners save money and energy based on where they plant trees.

Texas A&M Forest Service officials in College Station on Tuesday announced the Energy Saving Trees program. The free program has a web-based mapping tool that lets homeowners compare energy savings based on amount of shade from different trees.

Coordinator Gretchen Riley says trees are a simple and simple and effective way to reduce heat in and around homes.

Oncor (ON'-kor) and CenterPoint Energy have joined the Arbor Day Foundation in support of the Energy Saving Trees program. Partner companies will offer up to three trees per homeowner in the program for planting in certain areas to provide optimal energy savings.

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Online:

http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/

http://energysavingtrees.arborday.org/#Home

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