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How to Save Energy and Money by Planting Trees in Your Landscape

It is hard to believe that you can save energy by planting trees in your landscape, but it is true. That energy saved can also save you money, which is a benefit in these economic times.

I see a lot of new subdivisions being built in open fields with no trees around. This leaves it open to bake in the sun, which can be good in the winter when you need that heat, but not good in the summer when your air conditioner has to work harder.

This can be changed by planting deciduous trees on the south, east, and west sides of our house. The leaves of these trees will shade your house in the summer, keeping it cooler. Your air conditioner will not have to work as hard, by starting with a cooler home. Consider shading your air conditioning unit also as this can increase their efficiency by up to 10 percent. During the winter deciduous trees loose their leaves, there by letting the sunlight through to help warm the home.

Another winter factor to take into consideration is the cold north wind that can drain heat from your home. To help with this, a wind break of evergreen trees and shrubs can be planted on the north side of the house.

Planting the right types of trees in the right location saves money and energy. It also provides another benefit, the beauty that your family will enjoy. This will also enhance the value of your home and the neighborhood in the future.

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