Planting Trees

Did you know that planting trees on your property can help you save on heating and cooling costs?

If you plant evergreens such as Spruce or Pine, on the northwest side of your property they create a wind-break which protects your home from strong northwest winds. Your home doesn’t have to work so hard to stay warm.  Evergreens not only help with the energy efficiency of your home , but provide a beautiful look for your property.

Conversely, planting deciduous trees such as Oak or Maple, on the south side of the house provides shade to your roof.  A shaded roof allows you to use up to 30% less energy to cool your home.  Deciduous trees lose their leaves, allowing sunlight to warm your roof during the winter.  Again, you will use less energy to heat your home.  Deciduous trees keep your house both seasonally cool and warm – and provide year round interest for your property.  After all, who doesn’t love a fall display of magnificent color?

 

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