Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Photo courtesy S.C.C.
I can almost hear my grandmother say it to me today, as if I were a child, "Money doesn't grow on trees." My Grandmother knew a lot of things, but she got this one, partially, wrong. Trees can make us money, and save us money too! As the cold dark winter approaches, there are some tree planting ideas that can save on our energy usage.
We all know the sun rises in the east, and sets in the west. This path is mostly in the southern hemisphere, especially in the winter. Allowing your house to be naturally heated on the south face, will save on heating costs and energy usage. Also, allowing this natural light into your house will reduce the need for artificial lighting, also a cost and energy savings! So how can you accomplish this with a tree?
If you plant a deciduous tree on the south side of your home, it will shade your house in the summer, helping keep it cool and reduce your air conditioning needs, but in the fall when it loses its leaves, will open up and allow the sunlight to pass through onto your home! Its kind of like natures automatic window shade!
I you plant evergreens or trees that keep their foliage through the winter on your North-west and North sides of your home, it will act as a wind break through the winter, insulting your home reducing heating costs and energy use! These trees also help with privacy issues so you can let your curtains open more often and let the natural sunlight in, reducing your artificial light needs! Its a winning situation all the way around!
Keep in mind the future of your tree as well. It will not stay small for long, be sure to choose the right location and the right tree where there are no conflicts with structures, walkways, power lines, or any potential dangerous scenario! Many trees have found themselves facing the chainsaw due to neglecting the fact that trees do grow!
The time is now, to get outside, and plant a beautiful tree that will give you years of awards and enjoyment, while saving some money to boot!
Posted by Dan Porter at 1:47 PM