The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is partnering with local environmental groups to provide residents with 1,000 free trees. Enrollment for the Energy-Saving Trees program will begin on April 7th. To sign up for this initiative, residents should visit the DEM’s website and utilize an interactive tool that maps their house. After selecting a tree species suitable for your home, residents can collect their tree from designated locations between 9 a.m. and noon on specific dates. Small, medium, and large-sized trees will be offered to residents, and each tree will be approximately four to six feet tall. According to the DEM, planting just one tree in the correct location can aid homeowners in reducing their energy bill by up to 20%. They also state that trees add to air quality, reducing stormwater runoff.

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