Content tagged "energy conservation"

Community Involvement with Urban Forestry

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 In warmer regions, many people are willing to pay higher prices for homes that contain trees in their yards. They recognize that trees offer numerous...

Blending Architecture with the Urban Forest

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 Effectively blending elements of architecture and landscape architecture can provide numerous benefits to those who work or live in urban environments....

Guide wind - Maximize summer cooling

Home Energy Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 23, 2016

Strategically positioning vegetation in landscapes can maximize energy benefits and save money for homeowners, commercial properties and public facilities....

Christmas Trees: Pros and Cons of Live or Artificial Trees

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 22, 2016

Trees ready for Christmas at a tree farm in North Carolina.Until their time comes to grace homes with ornaments and shade presents, a natural, or live,...

Climate Mitigation by Urban Forests

 Planting trees in urban areas can help mitigate carbon dioxide levels because trees can sequester carbon and offset some energy use for cooling, as some...

Can urban tree waste be used as a renewable energy source?

With concerns about scarcity and environmental impacts of fossil fuels, markets and technologies are emerging to use tree waste as an energy source. Although...

Time for Trees to Provide Energy Conservation Benefits?

It is possible to plant a tree that within a few years will provide energy conservation benefits. The length of time between planting and energy conservation...

Assistance for Urban Tree Care

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 01, 2015

Public sources of tree care and energy conservation assistance:Federal, state, and local sources of assistanceSeveral federal agencies are charged with...

Windbreaks for Energy Conservation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 01, 2015

 People go to great lengths to conserve energy in this era of tight budgets and environmental awareness. However, many do not realize that the simple act of...

Urban Heat Island

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 29, 2015

The conversion of rural land for urban use is referred to as urbanization (Miller, 1997). Seventy-four percent (203 million) of the U.S. population in 1989...

Uses of Urban Vegetation to Moderate Climate

Climatology is the study of weather and its changes over long periods of time. The climate within a given location can be described from three aspects:...

Tree Planting for Lower Power Bills

Home Energy Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 18, 2015

Whether it is winter or summer, trees can help you save energy at home.   Shade for Savings  Did you know that only 17% shade over your house during the day...

What is a windbreak, and how can it help reduce my home energy bills?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 10, 2014

A windbreak is considered any plant or physical barrier that can slow down or divert the wind. If properly located, trees, fencing, and buildings can all...

What types of evergreen trees can provide wind protection to my house?

Any evergreen that is well-suited to your site's soils and growing zone can serve as a windbreak. Some of the most common evergreen trees used for windbreaks...

How do trees and other vegetation affect urban mesoclimates and microclimates?

Vegetation affects urban mesoclimate and microclimate by intercepting solar radiation, directing air movement, and affecting air temperature.  Microclimate,...

I want to burn firewood to save on heating costs. Burning wood releases CO2 but so does a power plant burning coal to make electricity to heat my house. Can you quantify the tradeoff? Which is better?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 01, 2013

Coal and wood are energy sources that essentially have the same origin - Energy from the sun, that has been converted into chemical potential energy, stored...

What Can I Do to Promote Energy Conservation with Trees in My Community?

The best ways to promote energy conservation with trees in your community are educating others about the benefits of urban trees, advocating for tree...

The Benefits of Evergreen Conifers for Energy Conservation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 22, 2013

More than 100 species of native and introduced evergreen conifers are found in the forests and cities of North America. These conifer species have evergreen...

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