- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State environmental officials are working with the Arbor Day Foundation to give away 1,000 trees this spring to help homeowners conserve energy, reduce utility costs and beautify their neighborhoods.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says a single mature tree can save $30 annually in heating and cooling costs when planted properly.

Registration for the Energy Saving Trees Program opens Monday and is required in order to reserve a tree.

The trees are four feet to six feet tall and will be distributed in three-gallon containers.

Homeowners will receive planting and care instructions and guidance to maximize energy savings.

DEM has scheduled tree pick-up events in Westerly and Portsmouth in April and in Providence and Woonsocket in May.

Visit www.arborday.org/RIDEM for more information and to register.

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