In one day, an average tree can provide enough oxygen for a family of four. Waverly Utilities invests $10,000 annually to the Trees Forever program, in an effort to educate citizens on energy conservation, reduce energy use, and beautify the city.
The Trees Forever partnership in Waverly has added up to more greenhouse gas reductions than the city wide re-lamping of all street lights to high pressure sodium. Check out www.treesforever.org to find out more about what you can do to make a difference.
Plant Trees to Save Energy and Money
Have you ever heard that money doesn't grow on trees?? Well, it can and it does. Besides beautifying our homes and communities, trees are natural air conditioners and energy savers. When you follow some basic tree-planting rules, you can save energy and money on your utility bills. For example, you can reduce your air-conditioning energy use by 50% or more by shading the windows and walls of your home and by planting a tree properly you could save close to 50% or more on the air-conditioning portion of your bill alone.
Choose a Quality Tree
Plant a quality tree for many years of energy savings. Quality trees, grown to established nursery standards, are more resistant to disease and pests, and will provide the best return on your investment. Remember, cheaply priced or poor quality trees that die quickly become a disappointing mistake - no matter what price you paid for them. The professionals at your local nursery/garden center can help you choose a quality tree that is right for your needs.
Plant the Best Tree in the Best Place
Deciduous Trees, those that are full in the summer but lose their leaves in the winter, shade your home to reduce the need for air conditioning. In the winter, when they lose their leaves, deciduous trees let the sun shine through to help warm your home. Plant deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home.
It's a good idea to plant a deciduous tree that shades your air-conditioning unit, too. This can reduce your workload on your air-conditioning system and save money on your utility bill.
CONIFEROUS TREES, often called "evergreen" trees, do not lose their leaves in the winter. Plant evergreen trees on the north and west sides of your home to help block cold winter winds. This "windbreak" eases the load on your home heating system. That means you can save energy and money.
Good for the Environment
Trees are also good for the environment. They grow by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen. This process cleans and cools the air around them - the air in your yard!
When you plant, remember to locate your tree the proper distance from your home, and to avoid planting trees under power lines. Your nursery/garden center professional can help you locate and plant your trees properly. Also, remember to call 811 at least 48 hours before you dig - IT"S THE LAW. The 811 service will notify utilities to locate underground lines on your property that you need to avoid.