BULLHEAD CITY – Approximately 150 volunteers braved strong winds on Friday and a brisk Saturday morning to make Operation Cool Shade a success.

 

Mohave Electric Cooperative accepted orders for the discounted trees Sept. 20-Oct. 3 and pickup was Saturday morning.

“Without the support of our community, I’m not sure how we get this done,” said Steve Bouman, energy management specialist for MEC. “These people unloaded and then distributed 1,800 trees.”

Volunteers helping members save on their electric bill included: Kiwanis Club, Mohave Accelerated Schools Key and Interact clubs, Rotary Club, the River Valley Boys and Girls basketball teams, Bullhead City and MEC employees, and the Mohave High School Key and Interact clubs, ROTC, and Health Occupations Students of America.

The Mohave County Master Gardeners of Bullhead City played an integral role, providing advice on the types of trees appropriate for the area, volunteers at pickup, and conducted training at the Bullhead City Mohave County Library.

The largest energy consumer throughout a desert summer is the air conditioner, and there really isn’t a close second.

“Air conditioners can run almost continuously when the sun is beating on a house in the summer,” Bouman said. “Well placed shade trees can cut cooling costs by up to 20 percent as it reaches maturity.”

MEC sold out of all four types of trees – rosewood, Chilean mesquite, desert willow, and escarpment live oak – the morning of Oct. 3.

Of the 1,800 pre-purchased trees, only a few were unclaimed. Those trees will be donated to schools and parks.

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