Trees, shade, environmental benefits and reduced energy bills – all good things.

Simple act – Huge impact. Avista is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation to provide free shade, that is energy-saving trees, to its customers in 2017. This partnership is modeled on a very successful Shade Tree Program that has provided Spokane County Avista customers with shade trees through the Spokane County Conservation District.avista-logo

Thanks to additional support from the Arbor Day Foundation, Avista will now offer this opportunity to all interested Avista customers throughout its service area in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and parts of southern and eastern Oregon.

How it works.  Avista will pre-order several species of medium to large shade trees through the Arbor Day Foundation’s network of local nursery suppliers for the spring and fall planting seasons.

Interested customers can visit the new Avista/Arbor Day Energy-Saving Trees website to reserve their free shade tree, which the participating nursery will ship to the customer’s home during the next planting season.

This website’s interactive software allows the customer to compare the energy saving benefits different tree species could provide when planted in different places on their property, while also warning against planting too close to obstructions such as overhead power lines.

With tree stewardship comes responsibility. Avista Utilities promotes responsible tree stewardship by planting the right tree in the right place.

Plant the right tree in the right place.

Please give thoughtful consideration to the tree’s growth pattern and eventual size when planting your new tree so as not to compromise its health and beauty at maturity and please, always call 811 before you dig!

Avista is a Tree Line USA utility and the first utility provider in Washington state to get involved in the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy Saving Trees Program. Other interested utility providers can apply to participate by filling out the online application.


Nationwide benefits of the Energy-Saving Trees program, 2011-2015.

Article provided by Avista Utilities.