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

Trees for Energy Conservation April 10, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

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 serve as windbreaks. Research conducted on the Great Plains has shown that up to 25% energy savings for heating is possible from plant windbreaks. An evergreen tree can divert cold winds away from the home if it is placed properly. The windbreak should be located upwind from the home. In a western cold climate state (e.g. Colorado), this generally means protecting the north and west sides of the home. For more information on windbreaks, see the fact sheet Landscaping for Energy Conservation from Colorado State University Extension and http://Landscape Windbreaks

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