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Trees Save Energy

The correct placement of trees around your home can provide shade in the summer and warmth in the winter, and act as a windbreak, which in turn reduces the energy needed to heat and cool your home. For example, strategically placed deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the fall) can shade your home in the summer but allow the sun’s rays through during the winter.  Evergreen trees planted as a windbreak, protect your home from cold winds that would make your heater work harder and use more energy to maintain the temperature you select.

The Arbor Day Foundation provides more detailed tips on strategically planting trees to save energy. Click here for more information.

While you create a plan to plant trees for energy savings, also remember to plant trees away from power lines. Click here for information on planting the right tree in the right place to avoid problems with power lines as trees grow.