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Invest in a Tree

12 October 2011

Did you know that proper landscaping can help reduce your energy bills?  Researchers have found that by having trees that properly shade your home can reduce your air-conditioning costs from 15% to 50%. The best place to plant a tree for energy savings is on the southern and west sides of your home. A recent study found that tree cover on the west and south sides of houses reduced total electricity use by 5.2%. To help the productivity of a tree it should be between 40 and 60 feet from your house if possible.

Proper landscaping can also help lower heating costs in the winter. Planting dense shrubs on the north side of your home will help create a windbreak. Windbreaks help block your home from the cold winter winds and prevent snow from reaching your home.

A tree not only reduces your greenhouse gas emissions by saving electricity, but the simple act of tree growth removes carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air. Each year a tree can remove up to 330 pounds of CO2 a year – it’s like driving 500 fewer miles a year!

:: Energy Conservation Planting Strategies (Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

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