Along with the City of Bullhead City, Mohave Electric Cooperative sponsors Operation Cool Shade giving members the opportunity to purchase low cost trees to help them save energy dollars. Tree pick up day, for trees purchased in September, was held Saturday, November 1st,at the Bullhead City Public Works department. The joint effort between MEC and the City of Bullhead City demonstrates the benefits of public and private partnerships. By working together, our entire community benefits.
Trees help beautify our city as well as help save energy. Shade trees can lower the outside wall temperature of a home or building which in turn can lower cooling costs by up to 20% in just a few years! The energy you don’t use doesn’t need to be generated, which is good for the environment. Trees and their root structure also help prevent soil erosion.
Operation Cool Shade tree sales are held yearly in September. Tree varieties offered are recommended as being well-suited for our climate by the Master Gardeners of Bullhead City, in association with University of Arizona College of Agriculture, and the horticulture professionals of Mountain States Wholesale Nursery.
Before you plant
Before planting, create a landscaping plan. Observe and take into consideration the way in which your family or business uses the outdoor space where you are thinking about placing trees. Plant at least three trees where they can provide enough shade to shield your structure and outdoor living areas. Shade the roof, as well as the east, west and south walls as much as possible. Never plant trees where their growth will interfere with overhead power lines. A good rule to follow is, at maturity, the trunk and branches of the trees should be at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.
Before you dig
If you purchased a tree, remember to call Blue Stake at 1-800-STAKEIT (782-5348) one week before you plan to dig. Blue Stake will schedule a locator to mark the placement of underground utility wires and pipes where you plan to plant your trees. Even if you are hiring someone to dig for, it is YOUR responsibility to call BLUE STAKE.
For more information about Operation Cool Shade, planting trees and power line safety while planting, visit: www.mohaveelectric.com. Click on Energy Solutions then Operation Cool Shade or call (928)763-1100.
Photo caption: Tyler Carlson, Mohave Electric Cooperative Chief Executive Officer, presents Mayor Jack Hakim, a 2015 Operation Cool Shade t-shirt. Sheila Betts, Executive Assistant for the City of Bullhead City (left), and Carlos Tejeda, MEC Board Director (right), were on hand as volunteers.