Content tagged "energy conservation"

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...

Is there anyone who can give me free advice about the trees near my house?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees located in public spaces, such as parks and street rights-of-way, are typically the responsibility of the municipality. If this is the case, consult...

Are pine trees a good option for planting around my home for energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

All pine species have evergreen needles and grow seed cones; however, pine species vary considerably in where they are found, how big they get, and how fast...

I live in an apartment. How can I help conserve energy with trees?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Living in an apartment does not preclude citizens from helping their communities conserve energy with trees. Close to home, tenants can encourage landlords...

Why should I not cut down trees near my home to remove the risk of damage?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Perhaps you should... or perhaps not.  Not only do healthy and structurally sound trees near your home provide you with energy conservation benefits, there...

How does urban forestry relate to energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

When strategically placed, trees can conserve energy by reducing energy demands. Trees are great evapotranspiration "engines," literally cooling the air...

I'm planting a tree and shrub windbreak to shelter my home in winter. What should I take into account in locating and designing it?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

First, the windbreak should be located upwind from prevailing winter winds. If most of your winter wind comes from the north, then locate the windbreak to...

How do trees save energy in the winter?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 Winter sun helps warm things up so, when deciduous trees loose their leaves, more sunshine and solar radiation are cast on homes and buildings. Money and...

What are some effects of urban vegetation on urban climate and hot cities?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 The presence and/or lack of vegetation can affect solar radiation, air movement, and air temperature. Vegetation may be used to intercept solar radiation...

Can I plant trees to increase the efficiency of my wind turbine?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Depending on their size, density, and placement, trees can either decelerate or accelerate wind. Trees also create turbulence in the prevailing wind flow,...

How does vegetation guide wind to maximize cooling in the summer months?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Strategically positioning vegetation in the landscape can maximize cooling in summer months and help protect from cold winds in the winter. Wind may be...

Trees for energy conservation and solar panels - are they compatible?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees help conserve energy in three primary ways: casting shade to keep buildings cool, blocking chilly winds to keep buildings warm, and transpiring...

How can I measure the dollar value (benefits) of the tree in my yard?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

There are several methods to measure the value of trees. The National Tree Benefit Calculator is a fast and simple way to estimate the benefits gained...

Which trees are recommended for maximum energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

For most aspects of energy conservation, the bigger the tree the better. Larger trees shade larger areas. Though not an energy-saving feature, large trees...

I want to select the best spot for my tree. How can I find out where the sun will be in the summer and winter?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

The position of the sun is expressed in altitude (or elevation) and azimuth, both of which will vary by location, time of day, and time of year.  Altitude...

What is evapotranspiration?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Evapotranspiration is a combination of evaporation and transpiration. Evaporation is a physical process that transforms liquid water into vapor by absorbing...

Where can I find information about trees I can plant for energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Most states have information to help you decide what trees are right for your location and planting conditions. In Maryland, for example, and many other...

Urban Trees & Energy Conservation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 26, 2016

Trees provide the greatest energy conservation benefit when they are found in every part of urban landscapes, yards, businesses, parking lots, along streets,...

Urban Soil Problems that Affect Successful Tree Growth and Development

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 25, 2016

  Many activities in an urban area can change a soil’s physical, chemical, or biological characteristics.   Construction and landscape maintenance are the...

Urban Forests: The Benefits Outweigh the Costs

Trees are an important part of our communities, but tree planting, maintenance and protection require an investment of resources, including time and money....

Urban Forests: Understanding Associated Costs

A community receives many benefits from the urban forest; however, there are also costs associated with having a healthy urban forest. Estimates for tree...

Storm Damage and Health Costs Associated with Urban Forests

 Storm Damage RecoveryStorms, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, ice, snow, and wind, can cause major damage to the trees and property in a community. Costs of...

Urban Forests: Environmental Benefits

Shade is one of many environmental benefits trees provide. Urban forests are made up of the trees that exist in urban or suburban landscapes. An urban...

Choosing the Best Landscape Trees for Home Energy Conservation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 06, 2016

Photo credit: Ted McGrathEveryone knows it’s cooler in the shade and warmer in the sun’s rays. Even animals instinctively know this; you have seen cows...

Energy Conservation & Tree Planting: Tips for Renters

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 Living in an apartment or renting a home does not preclude citizens from helping their communities conserve energy with trees. Apartment dwellers and...

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