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SOURCE Trees Ontario
Summitt Energy plants 18,000 trees in honour of EverGreen Program
Homeowners' Commitment to Energy Conservation
TORONTO, June 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Trees offer homeowners more than landscaping aesthetics; in addition to beautifying our communities, trees reduce local air pollution, have the potential to mitigate storm water damage, and reduce homeowners' electricity costs, according to a May 2013 study by Ryerson University entitled, "Growing Summer Energy Conservation through Residential Tree Planting".
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," explains Rob Keen, CEO, Trees Ontario. "Summitt Energy's EverGreen Program is really about recognizing the homeowners for whom these 18,000 trees are planted. Through their dedication and conservation, they have not only reduced their carbon footprint but also contributed to an increase of forest cover across the province."
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?
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, is leading efforts to strengthen Ontario's tree planting infrastructure by enhancing the capacity of its tree planting partners through financial support and professional development expertise, delivering landowner incentives through cost offsetting and educating the public through awareness campaigns and community workshops. Trees Ontario is the lead delivery agent for the government of Ontario's 50 Million Tree Program, a program that significantly cuts landowners' costs of large-scale tree planting and boosts the number of trees planted across the province. Visit www.treesontario.ca.
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