Mohave Electric Cooperative wants members to know all 1,800 available trees for Operation Cool Shade have been sold.
“It was an incredibly hectic pace, especially in the first two days,” said Steve Bouman, energy management specialist with MEC. “We sold all 600 rosewoods in just over a day.”
Sales were at a record pace from the start, selling 954 trees on the first day and all trees sold out in just over a week.
“I think this shows an interest by our members not only in the Operation Cool Shade program, but in reducing energy usage,” Bouman said. “The long-term savings members can experience from planting shade trees is substantial.”
Shade trees can save members up to 20 percent on cooling costs when planted in the proper locations and once the trees near maturity. Those landscaping to save energy should plant the trees to shade east, west, and south-facing walls.
“Members who start planting slowly should consider planting to shade windows first,” Bouman said. “The sun coming through windows can generate a lot of heat, forcing air conditioning units to work harder.”
Tree pickup is Nov. 9, 7 a.m. to noon at the Justice Complex parking lot on Alona’s Way. Unclaimed trees will be donated to local schools and parks.
MEC thanks its members for their participation in the program and for their desire to reduce energy needs throughout its service territories.
“Saving energy for our members is important to us,” said Tyler Carlson, CEO of MEC. “This program is one of many Demand Side Management programs intended to save members money. The cheapest and greenest kWh is the one the member did not use and MEC did not have to generate.”