Trees Save Energy
[A diagram showing how trees block wind in the winter and shade a home in the summer] Strategically placed trees can be as effective as other energy saving home improvements, such as insulation and the installation of weather-tight windows and doors. Trees help reduce your heating and cooling costs.

Trees save energy through cooling in the hotter months. They provide a wind break during winter. This result is burning less fossil fuels to generate electricity for cooling and heating.

Strategically placed shade trees-a minimum of three large trees around your home-can reduce air conditioning costs up to 30 percent. Shade trees offer their best benefits when you:

Use evergreens, which retain their leaves/needles yearlong, in a planned pattern. They will serve as windbreaks to save from 10 to 50 percent in energy used for heating. Evergreens offer the best benefits when you:
Get professional assistance to assure correct selection of species and their placement to maximize energy savings.

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