With the heat we've been having, I'm sure that air conditioner has had a work out. Did you know that homes with mature trees planted in the right location can provide significant savings on your cooling costs. Trees can add value to your home and in these extreme summer temperatures can help cool your home and neighborhood.
The following are some statistics on just how important trees are in providing a cooling effect to your home.
“The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” —U.S. Department of Agriculture
“If you plant a tree today on the west side of your home, in 5 years your energy bills should be 3% less. In 15 years the savings will be nearly 12%.” —Dr. E. Greg McPherson, Center for Urban Forest Research
“Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save 20–50 percent in energy used for heating.” —USDA Forest Service
Shading your windows and roof is the surest way to reduce your air conditioner’s energy consumption. One of the best ways to shade the home is to strategically planted shade trees. At today’s electricity costs, it pays to buy a large tree (14-22 feet tall), to shade the roof or windows. The tree’s type and where you plant it will determine how effectively it reduces your energy costs.