HOUSTON CenterPoint Energy is joining the Arbor Day Foundation and Trees For Houston to give away 2,500 shade trees.
The move is part of a new Energy-Saving Trees program that helps consumers reduce energy consumption.
Studies have shown that the right trees planted in the right place can reduce electricity use up to 30 percent by providing summer shade and slowing cold winter winds.
As part of the program, CenterPoint Energy will offer one free tree per registrant reserved through an online process.
From now through noon on Oct. 25, 2013, the program will offer 2,500 trees to consumers in CenterPoint Energy s electric service territory who agree to plant them in energy-saving locations.
The offer is good while supplies last.
To reserve a free tree, consumers can visit ArborDay.org/CenterPoint, map their house, choose their tree type and reserve.