Content tagged "energy conservation"

Urban Forestry Video Series New Release!

Trees provide more than just beauty or a source of wood products. Rather, trees provide an assortment of economic, environmental, psychological and social...

Tree Pests in the Urban Environment

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: July 11, 2016

Healthy Trees and Landscapes Help Save Energy. When trees are planted in the right location and receive periodic maintenance, they provide the greatest...

Home Energy: Useful tools on the web

Many websites provide tools and information to help home owners, building managers and designers with energy efficiency.  Below is a listing of tools taken...

Will tree roots crack my home's foundation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Modern foundation construction tends to leave the soil in and around the foundation very dry and compacted, virtually eliminating both moisture and air. The...

How can I measure the dollar amount of savings from tree shade on my power bill?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

While there are many variables to account for, such as climate, home insulation, HVAC type, etc., research conducted at Auburn University found that with 17%...

How do homes and other buildings lose heat during the winter months?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Homes and businesses lose heat through air infiltration, heat conduction and radiation transmission. To reduce air infiltration, properly positioning...

Why should I care about conserving energy?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Energy conservation is or should be a concern for everyone, for a multitude of reasons. We spend a lot of money on energy, whether it’s gasoline,...

What is a life cycle assessment (LCA)?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Life cycle assessment is the accounting of resource inputs, outputs, and net gain or loss over the lifetime of a product. It’s just like accounting for a...

How can I minimize the energy cost of my tree planting and maintenance?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

“Energy cost” refers to the amount of energy consumed to do something. One example might be the cost of fuel it takes to transport your planting stock from...

What is enviroscaping and how can it help conserve energy?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Enviroscaping is the practice of landscaping to modify the surrounding environment. The purpose behind the practice of enviroscaping can be to create a...

What is the minimum number of trees needed in my landscape to provide energy conservation benefits?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Each yard is unique in its orientation to the summer sun, winter winds and spaces available for planting trees. In some situations, your neighbor's trees may...

How do I plant a windbreak?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

A windbreak can provide protection from winter winds and help conserve energy through reduced heating costs. Block prevailing winter winds that generally...

How do I properly plant my trees so they will grow well?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Whether your nursery stock is bare-root, balled-and-burlapped, or container grown, the planting hole should be at least twice the width of the root ball, and...

Can trees negatively affect energy consumption for heating and cooling?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees too close to your home can produce unwanted shade that will decrease sunlight, prevent ice from melting on pavements, and increase heating costs during...

How does urban forestry relate to carbon sequestration?

The urban forestry profession is the care and maintenance of trees within our communities.  By maintaining trees, we help to extend their lifespans. During a...

Is there a specific type of tree that is good to plant for energy conservation?

Home Energy Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Different types of trees can help to conserve energy in different ways. Deciduous trees (trees that lose all of their leaves each fall) save energy in summer...

Where can I use trees to conserve energy?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Buildings such as homes, schools, and businesses can all benefit from well-planned tree plantings that create shade for both buildings and outdoor use areas....

How do I know/determine if energy consumption is being reduced by planting trees in my municipality?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Energy consumption is reduced by tree shade and evapotranspiration, lowering temperatures of the air and surfaces. Additionally, trees slow down winds by...

How does reducing stormwater runoff save energy?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Stormwater runoff is a significantly growing source of pollution to our streams and rivers and is a large contributor to local flooding events. In urban...

What can I do in my community to promote energy conservation with trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

There are many ways you can help promote energy conservation with trees in your own community. A great place to start is with your own neighborhood or...

Do urban forests play a role in mitigating global climate change?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Urban trees play a role in reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide directly by storing carbon in the trunk, branches, roots, and leaves until these tree parts...

Are there subsidies or other programs that can be used to plant trees for energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Municipalities, power companies, non-profits, and state and federal agencies may offer subsidies for tree planting in specific situations. Contact your state...

If I don't have space for a large tree in my landscape, are there other ways to create shade and conserve energy with plants?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

There are many ways to create shade and conserve energy in your landscape without planting a large tree. You may use large shrubbery or small trees to cast...

Are some trees better for energy conservation than others?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

It depends on which part of the country you live in.In northern latitudes with cold winters, dense evergreens planted to block chilling winds are important...

Which trees provide the "best" shade in summer?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

It's true, not all tree shade is created equal. Broad-leaved, deciduous trees, in general, cast a broader shadow than many evergreens, such as pine...

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