Monday, July 10th, 2017 by Gwen Hurd
It’s summer! It’s hot! The AC is purring! Or, in my case the AC is rumbling like an 18 wheeler and occasionally blowing ice into my room… that’s normal, right?
Anyway… Keeping cool can require significant amounts of energy. Why not do everything you can to reduce that financial and environmental cost?
In the past year, in my neighborhood, I’ve seen a lot of tree removals. Yards that once had several trees are now lawns with mulched flower beds. This may be appealing to some, the golf course aesthetic has its place (the golf course, in my opinion), but this landscaping trend isn’t doing anything for energy bills.
If you’ve recently purchased a home with no trees, you should plant one! If you plant deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home, the tree will provide shade in the summer and won’t block light in the winter. Evergreens, since they don’t lose their leaves in the winter, aren’t a great choice, unless you need them for wind blocking purposes as well.
Trees are beautiful, they save energy, and oxygenate the world.