PHOENIX -- Salt River Project is offering customers free shade trees as part of a program to conserve water and electricity.
Through the SRP Shade Tree Program, customers can get two or three desert-adapted shade trees depending on the age of their homes. The trees come in 5-gallon containers and range in height from 4 to 6 feet.
SRP says customers can save up to $50 a year on their energy bills by planting desert-adapted trees in energy-saving locations on their property.
"We hope to give away 1,000 trees to SRP customers," says Deborah Kimberly of SRP.
According to Kimberly, "If you plant a tree on the east, west, or south side of your home it can lower the temperature of that wall anywhere from 10 to 35 degrees."
Some of the trees available through the program include, Blue Palo Verde, Willow Acacia, Native Mesquite and Desert Willow.
Anyone who would like to participate in the free shade tree program must be a current residential SRP customer, have the legal right to plant trees on the property, attend an SRP Shade Tree workshop, plant the trees on the south, west or east sides of the property within 15 feet of exposed exterior walls and windows, and have the ability to care for the tree.