Operation ReLeaf, a program to help Alliant Energy customers save energy in their homes using trees, is being held in Dallas County on Oct. 10. at the Dallas County Roads Maintenance Building, 1215 Highway 141 in Perry from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Order forms must be sent in by Oct. 4.

Homeowners may purchase up to two trees per household at a cost of $25 per tree. Shade trees are 6-8 feet tall and conifers are 3-4 feet tall.

For maximum energy efficiency, large-growing shade trees should be planted within 30 feet of the west and east of a home. Low-growing trees should be planted 20 feet of the home and can be used to shade air conditioners. Evergreens should be planted as a windbreak at on the north and west side of the home. Those who don’t live in Dallas County are eligible to purchase a tree as long as they are an Alliant customer. For more information on the species or to fill out an order form go to http://www.alliantenergy.com/CommunityInvolvement/CommunityOutreach/OperationReLeaf/index.htm or contact Laura Wagner with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at 515-281-6749, laura.wagner@dnr.iowa.gov.