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How to Plant Trees to Conserve Energy

Summer Shade

Planting the right trees in the right places conserves energy and reduces your energy bills, while helping to fight climate change. See how properly placed trees save energy by providing summer shade, winter warmth, and winter windbreaks.

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Shaded air conditioner
Shaded air conditioners run more efficiently.

Large deciduous trees planted on the east, west, and northwest sides of your home create soothing shade from the hot summer sun and reduce summer air conditioning costs by up to 35%

  • you use less energy
  • the utility company uses less energy
  • less fossil fuel is consumed by the utility to create the energy
  • less fossil fuel consumption means less carbon dioxide emissions

Plant trees to shade your air conditioner to help keep it cooler and running more efficiently.

And trees that shade patios, sidewalks, and driveways, cool the concrete, the entire yard, and even the neighborhood.