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Tree Placement and Energy Savings

 

The right tree location can help you save energy

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, carefully positioned trees can save up to 25 percent of a home’s energy consumption for heating and cooling.

Here are some things to keep in mind when planting trees to cut energy costs. 

Evergreen trees:

  • Create wind breaks, which block cold winter winds, easing the load on your home heating system
  • Varieties such as live oaks, mountain laurels and Yaupon Holly are highly recommended
  • Should be planted on the north and west sides of your home

Deciduous trees:

  • Provide energy-saving shade during the summer by reducing the workload on your air conditioning system
  • Allow sunshine to warm your home during the winter months 
  • We recommend red oaks, sycamores and redbuds 
  • Plant them on the south and west sides of your home

Planting tips:

  • Always call 8-1-1 before you dig; it’s the law
  • Locate trees a proper distance from your home
  • Plant large species at least 20 feet away from power lines