Trees and Energy Saving
Anyone who’s bought a home before knows that trees planted too close to your home on your property can do serious damage. From tilted foundations to cracked water and sewage pipes, or even big trees simply crashing into homes during big storms. Trees can pose such a hazard that many building inspectors will be thrilled if none are in sight. However, trees and energy-saving do go hand in hand.
Trees and Energy Saving
Did you also know, though, that strategically-placed trees can save you some hard-earned dollars while also helping you be more environmentally-friendly?
Trees can lead to significant energy savings year-round
During the cooler months of the year, well-selected and placed trees can reduce your utility bill spending. This is something that’s especially true for properties positioned in open, stretched-out areas and exposed to all the elements. In cases where your home was especially “unprotected” from its north, east and west sides, your heating costs may go down by as much as 40 percent if you invest in trees carefully selected by professional landscapers. Trees can provide a windbreak and because they can create a “warmer bubble” of air around the property.
In summer, meanwhile, those same trees will help keep the hot sun at bay. That’s particularly true if they create a barrier between your home and the street, which will heat up during that time of the year. Those people who live in a temperate climate might not even feel the need to run air conditioning anymore, while those in hotter locations will find that their air conditioner units run more efficiently, leading to savings of around 10 percent.
Where should you plant trees to conserve energy?
If you’re considering planting trees near your home to cut down on energy costs, you’d be wise to go the professional route and call in landscapers who know what they’re doing — both to make sure the trees do the job you want them to and to protect your home from the kind of damage they could cause if planted in the wrong spots.
Trees with invasive roots that can cause pipes to crack, or swallow ones that can rip foundations up are best avoided. For example, the willow, silver maple, and American elm trees. Trees should always be planted well away from foundations, pipes, and driveways to the tune of about 30 feet.
Smaller trees that provide a lot of shade are the ideal choice, and they’d include the silver birch, river birch, and red maple. Planting evergreens are another popular solution, and they’ll all provide not just energy saving but also a peaceful and private haven.
Tips to Increase Energy Savings
Your savings will be highest if you plant west and east of windows facing those respective directions, while trees placed south of south-facing windows are surprisingly inefficient due to the fact that they won’t provide much shade during the hottest time of day.
Note that planting smaller shrubs closer to your foundation can also provide some natural insulation from winter winds without compromising your home’s structural integrity.
A big landscaping job like planting trees to shade and insulate your home won’t come cheap. However, you’ll be seeing a return on your investment within 10 years.
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