Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cut your cooling costs with trees!

Although we've had a rather cool, wet summer thus far, it seems that a heat wave it is on its way. And, if today's muggy heat is any indication of what is to come, it looks like we'll all be indoors with the A/C cranked. 

If you are fortunate enough to live in a home with mature trees planted in the right places, you'll enjoy the benefit of potential 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.

In fact, in USA Today's article on reducing cooling costs, they list planting trees as their number one thing to do.  

If you don't have those big, towering trees that provide shade to your home, now is the time to start planting trees in prime spots.  Although you won't get the cooling benefits for at least a few years, it will help in the long run. Trees increase property value regardless so you'll see benefits either way.

Just how beneficial are trees in cooling your home?

Here are just a few facts of what you can expect from your trees.

“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

I've reported this fact before and have highlighted this again. That is truly amazing!  I can attest to this. We rarely run our air conditioner because of all the trees around our home.

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

So when the heat wave subsides and we all can go outside again, let's make it a point to plant a tree or two around our homes and offices. By doing so we not only will reduce our cooling costs over time, but also will reduce our carbon footprint in the process. It's a win win.

The way you plant a tree is very important to its health and growth rate. Investigate the soil at your tree-planting site. Loosen the soil at your planting site to a depth of at least a foot and then remove it. Follow our tree expert’s recommendations for adding organic matter or fertilizer if necessary. When trees shade your yard, the yard needs less watering and the air around your home is cooler. It's time to contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. and talk to one of our certified arborists to guide you in picking the correct tree and planting it in the right place. Give us a call at 847-913-9069 or fill out our online form at www.treesrusinc.com and we'll be in touch with you shortly.

Trees "R " Us, Inc. is proud to educate our communities on proper tree care and maintenance.

It is through education that we really save trees and help the environment. We hope you found this post informative and educational.

Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service for the Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs. Tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding, fertilizations, tree disease treatments and prevention as well as plant health care are just a few of our high quality, professional services. Contact us today for a free analysis or quote at www.treesrusinc.com or at 847-913-9069.

Thanks for reading,

Nick
nick@treesrusinc.com



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