Massachusetts has committed $5 million to plant new trees in cities across the state in an effort to conserve energy.
The state’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan told the AP this new initiative will help with efforts already in place to insulate older buildings.
For now, 15,000 trees will be planted in Chelsea, Fall River and Holyoke between April and December of next year.
“The more trees the better because we lost quite a few trees in that storm that October storm we had,” one Holyoke resident told the NBC television affiliate WWLP.
The trees will help lower heating and cooling costs and reduce storm water pollution.
According to the AP, Sullivan says the trees will eventually pay back the planting costs. The shade the trees will provide in certain neighborhoods could help residents save about $230 a year in heating and cooling costs, the AP reports.