TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Florida Forest Service is giving away 10,000 free trees to Florida homeowners.
The giveaway is part of a partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees Program. Florida’s Arbor Day was held on Friday.
Strategically placed trees can add extra shade to the home and reduce household electrical use by up to 30 percent.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a single healthy, young tree can provide the same net cooling effect as ten room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours per day.
Florida homeowners can reserve their free tree today at arborday.org/FloridaTrees.
The website also shows homeowners the best location for planting and estimates the annual savings and benefits that will result from the tree.
Homeowners may reserve one tree per household.