Trees can beautify your surroundings and provide privacy from nosy neighbors. But did you know that strategically planting trees in your yard can also help the environment and lower your energy usage?
Trees absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants in the air and they emit oxygen. But beyond the beauty and environmental benefits, having plenty of trees in your yard and shading your house can reduce your energy bill by helping you consume less energy keeping your home cool during the hot summer months.
Let’s look at the benefits of planting shade trees in your yard to keep your home cooler in the summer summer, use less energy and lower your carbon footprint.
Planting Shade Trees to Conserve Energy
Shade trees are a long-term solution to conserve energy. Planting shade trees on the west and southwest sides of your home can provide afternoon shade from the hot Arizona summer sun.
While you can reap immediate benefits, the energy savings increase over time. Consider these facts from arborday.org:
- The net cooling effect of a single young, healthy shade tree is equal to 10 room-sized air conditioning units running 20 hours each day.
- Properly placing just three deciduous trees around your home can reduce energy use by up to 30 percent.
- Properly placing trees around a building can reduce air conditioning costs by 30 percent and can save up to 50 percent in energy used for heating in winter.
The facts don’t lie. Properly placing shade trees in your yard can help save money on your energy costs while benefitting the environment. In fact, shade landscaping around your air conditioning unit can help it to run more efficiently and use less electricity.
Home Air Conditioner Maintenance by Day & Night Air
Planting shade trees is a great long-term strategy for lowering energy use. Annual air conditioning service offers immediate and lasting benefits as well. Regular service will keep your unit running at peak efficiency and that can mean less energy used and additional savings. When combined with shade tree landscaping, you can lower your energy costs even further, while reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
If you live in the greater Phoenix area, give Day & Night Air a call. Having your air conditioner’s routine service performed early can help you to avoid breakdowns during the hottest summer months.