Content tagged "energy savings"

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%...

What is a windbreak?

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

A windbreak is a row or group of trees, shrubs, or structural elements (e.g. fences) that are used to block and direct the wind. Vegetative windbreaks are...

What is the carbon saving from the cooling effects of urban forests?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees and urban forests cool the environment by direct shade, which lowers surface and air temperature, and by evapotranspiration. The lowering of...

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...

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...

What does the acronym SIR mean?

Home Energy Updated: December 01, 2011

SIR refers to "Savings to Investment Ratio." It is basically a calculation of whether a modification to a home will pay for itself in energy savings.  SIR is...

Do I need to insulate and weatherstrip the attic access door?

Home Energy Updated: December 01, 2011

Yes, if the attic access door is within the living space and can open directly into the attic. Whether in a hot or cold climate, the access door should be...

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