Scorching hot summers and dryer seasonal conditions can really put a damper on your personalized comfort. Sure, some like it hot. But fiery, blast-furnace conditions aren’t for everyone.
So, what’s a homeowner to do? Two words: shade trees.
By blocking and dissipating the sun’s rays, strategically placed trees shield areas of your home and property from unwanted heat.
Similar to how we sweat, shade trees cool the surrounding air through water evaporation. But you won’t be sweating much after your shade trees grow in. (Unless hitting the gym is one of your New Year’s resolutions.)
Not only are shade trees aesthetically pleasing, but numerous studies suggest they keep your home and property cooler, and reduce energy and cooling needs anywhere from 20 to 100 percent.
Knowing where to place your green cover makes all the difference in heat management. Instead of overworking your air conditioner—and your wallet—plant shade trees in areas exposed to direct sunlight.
The following locations are great for shade trees:
Be sure to give your trees room to grow and breathe. A baby tree can easily balloon into a 40-foot monster after a number of years. And it would be a shame to prune away all that hard work.
Great as a “carbon sink”, shade trees are easy on the eyes and wallet.
In a recent study led by Ryerson University, researchers assessed the annual savings generated by 577 shade trees. Here’s what they found:
Despite their relatively young age, the planted trees saved owners a generous 77,000 kWh of electricity over a 10-year period. To put it in perspective, each tree planted saved enough electricity to power an average home for about one week. (That’s a lot of savings!)
After 25 years of growth, the study predicts that each tree will save 435 to 483kWh annually. That’s enough to run a dishwasher every day for a year. Not bad for a few trees, if you ask us.
There you have it; shade trees are a great way to spruce up your property, keep cool, and save money. Overall, they’re a solid win on many fronts.
Ryerson University: Planting a tree will significantly reduce your summer energy bills and improve the environment
BC Hydro: Plant a deciduous shade tree
Landscape for Life: Use vegetation to increase energy efficiency
Utah State University Forestry: Planting trees for energy conservation— the right tree in the right place
This article and its content are sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., Cooling & Heating Division.