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Alliant Energy customers can purchase trees through "Operation ReLeaf"

Program helps customers save energy in their homes using trees to provide shade and cool during the summer, and create wind breaks and retain heat during the winter

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 10:39 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - If you're an Alliant Energy customer and wanting to save money on energy costs, you may be interested in this.

The company is partnering with the Iowa DNR and the City of Mason City for "Operation ReLeaf", offering shade trees, conifers and ornamentals to shade your home in the summer and block the winter wind. The goal is to reduce energy use for heating and cooling.

Beth Enright is the Grant Administrator with the city, and says the $25 per tree is a bargain.

"A lot of them are valued at $75 and more, if you were just to buy them, so it's a nice savings for Alliant customers."

Since it started as a pilot program in Linn County in 2001, more than 200 Operation ReLeaf events have been hosted in Iowa, with more than 70,000 new trees planted.

Trees available for purchase include River Birch, Northern Pecan, Star Magnolia, Hackberry, Bigtooth Aspen, Black Hills Spruce, Kentucky Coffeetree, Silver Linden, Dawn Redwood, Swamp White Oak, Serviceberry, Bur Oak, and Eastern Redbud.

Customers have until September 28th to order a tree, with the city asking customers to print and fill out an application, and to pay by check payable to City of Mason City. Trees must be picked up between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on October 6th at Norris Park in Mason City, and customers are allowed to order up to two trees. Customers who don't reside in Cerro Gordo County are welcome to purchase a tree at event as long as they're Alliant customers. Mail the completed form and payment to:

City of Mason City

10 First Street NW

Mason City, IA 50401

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