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Keeping cool and seeing green – tree planting conserves home energy use
Summitt Energy plants 18,000 trees in honour of EverGreen Program Homeowners’ Commitment to Energy Conservation
Summitt Energy is contributing to the planting of 18,000 trees this spring across the province in partnership with Trees Ontario. The initiative is a result of Summitt Energy’s EverGreen Program, which offers customers electricity price protection as well as the opportunity to make the electricity they use carbon neutral, eliminating each homeowners’ electricity carbon footprint.
"There are so many benefits to planting trees – from reducing the cost of heating and helping cool your home, to the health benefits they offer area residents when planted in local communities,"
According to Summitt Energy, the average Ontario home annually emits 2.2 tonnes of carbon simply from electricity consumption. Energy conservation tied with greening initiatives, such as tree planting decreases homeowner costs and increases benefits to the local area.
“We applaud Trees Ontario for its commitment to re-greening our province and are proud to be a partner in this campaign. What’s unique about this initiative is that the benefactor is not only the customer, but all Ontarians” says Gerry Haggarty, President of Summitt Energy. "Protecting the environment remains a key priority for Summitt Energy and we will continue to work with our customers and our partners to implement solutions that will benefit the communities where we operate. The trees we plant on behalf of our customers will benefit our local communities for years to come."
How do trees benefit homeowners?
· Trees reflect the beauty of nature and enhance our neighbourhoods with their presence.
· Trees, as they grow, produce oxygen and soak up carbon dioxide (CO2), thus, the planting of trees is an essential tool to help mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse gases in the air.
· Planting trees helps alleviate soil erosion, cleanse the air of pollutants and provide shade and windbreaks, as well as a habitat for wildlife.
· Trees increase property value. According to a September 2013 article by MoneySense magazine (http://www.moneysense.ca/
· Trees are vital to urban neighbours; for instance Toronto’s urban forest is an essential city asset with an estimated replacement value of $7.1 billion (based on the City of Toronto’s 2013 report Every Tree Counts).
· Contact with trees and forest environments are known to reduce the body’s response to stress and have a therapeutic effect on the body and mind.
· People who have exposure to trees and forested environments show a decrease in cortisol levels, lowered pulse rate, lowered blood pressure and overall improvement in well-being.
About Summitt (www.summitt.ca):
Established in 2006, Summitt is a leading retail energy marketer that provides natural gas and electricity services to homes and businesses across Canada. Summitt specializes in electric and natural gas price protection programs to homes and commercial/industrial customers, furnace & air conditioner rentals, green energy initiatives, water filter systems, and hot-water rental & maintenance programs. The average Ontario home emits 2.2 tonnes of carbon just from its electricity consumption.
About Trees Ontario
Trees Ontario, the forest restoration arm of Forests Ontario (http://www.forestsontario.ca/
Director of Communications & Development
p: 416-646-1193 ext. 232
Director, Sales & Marketing
Summitt Energy Inc.