The Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation partnered with Clayton to host its annual Earth Day Raffle on April 22.

DMEC customer Claude Porterfield received a certificate for a free tree or shrub from Ronny’s Garden World valued at nearly $90 with free delivery.

Planting a tree or shrub near the home can help save electricity and money.

Well-planned landscaping can reduce an unshaded home’s air conditioning costs by 15%-50%. For example, planting deciduous trees like maples or oaks block out heat in the summer and let sunlight in during the winter. Plant trees with branches lower to the ground on the west to shade from lower, afternoon sun. Planting to the south can screen 70%-90% of the sun’s heat.

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