Content tagged "energy conservation"

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...

Windbreaks for Energy Conservation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: February 24, 2014

 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 Forests

Urban forests are made up of the trees that exist in urban or suburban landscapes. An urban forest is comprised of trees in many settings - in residential...

Christmas Trees: Pros and Cons of Live or Artificial Trees

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: December 10, 2013

              Until their time comes to grace homes with ornaments and shade presents, a natural, or live, Christmas tree will help purify groundwater,...

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

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: December 06, 2013

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...

Climatological Uses of Urban Vegetation

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: November 21, 2013

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 evapotranspiration?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: November 06, 2013

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

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 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: November 06, 2013

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...

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...

Which trees are recommended for maximum energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 30, 2013

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...

Sources of Assistance in Urban Tree Care for Energy Conservation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 30, 2013

Business and home owners are often in need of information and assistance with urban tree care and energy conservation. Urban foresters, arborists, landscape...

Benefits of the Urban Forest

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 30, 2013

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

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

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 16, 2013

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

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

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 16, 2013

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

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

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 12, 2013

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

Can urban trees in the U.S. make a significant dent in absorbing CO2 and moderating climate change?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: August 30, 2013

Yes, trees contribute to CO2 absorption. Healthy urban trees can absorb CO2 and store it in their woody tissues. Planting 44 million more urban trees per...

How do trees save energy in the winter?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: August 29, 2013

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...

Urban Heat Island

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: August 26, 2013

  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...

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...

How Does Urban Forestry Relate to Energy Conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: August 26, 2013

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

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: August 22, 2013

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 does urban forestry relate to energy conservation?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: August 16, 2013

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

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