Which trees are recommended for maximum energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation April 27, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

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 also store more carbon. In some ways, trees that use more water save more energy too, since they transpire more water, leading to more evaporative cooling of the surrounding environment.

 

On the other hand, if trees need to be artificially watered, although they provide evaporative cooling, that energy conservation benefit is offset by the energy expenditure to provide water. By choosing drought-tolerant trees in dry sites or environments, you can still provide cooling shade without tapping into other energy resources.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.