Trees Reduce Heating and Cooling Needs of Your Home
In addition to benefiting the environment, when strategically planted, trees can cut down energy costs and cool off outdoor areas around your house
Use greywater to reduce your home’s energy needs by growing trees. Deciduous trees, planted on the south and west sides of your home, block the summer sun to keep your home cooler, while letting in winter sun to warm your home. Trees do more than just reduce energy use by blocking the sun: as they evaporate water, heat is removed from the air — a natural air conditioner.
Trees can shade driveways and patios, preventing the hardscape from absorbing the sun’s energy (which radiates back in the evening), keeping your outside environment cooler in the summer. Evergreen trees can block wind and keep your home warmer in the winter. Trees also block noise and glare, reduce pollution, and create an ecosystem for birds and other creatures. Before planting a new tree be sure to observe the sun patterns on your site so you can strategically locate the tree for the maximum benefit.
Excerpt from Greywater, Green Landscape, © by Laura Allen, photography by © Michael Dorman, used with permission from Storey Publishing.