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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Some yards across the state will be getting shadier.

A group of Rhode Island organizations are giving away 1,000 trees to homeowners as part of a state energy saving effort. The program, now in its sixth season, helps homeowners reduce utility costs and conserve energy while beautifying their neighborhood.

The Department of Environmental Management says trees play an “important role” in cooling homes and reducing stormwater pollution.

The trees distributed are four to six feet tall and once properly planted can save $30 annually in heating and cooling costs. Registration to reserve a tree opens April 2.

Participating sponsors include the Arbor Day Foundation, the Rhode Island Tree Council and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association.