From the folks over at the Forestry Sciences Lab of Oregon and the National Institute of Standards and Technology comes proof that planting trees around your home will save you money in the long run on your electric bills. This is something that has long been suspected and anecdotally promoted, but this is the first study to take people’s actual electricity bills and compare them with the amount of growth of trees near the home.
If you’re headed for off-grid living, chances are that you’re implementing some sort of solar or wind technology in your power mix, so careful siting of the trees you plant and the panels or turbines you place will be necessary. But if each tree you plant makes the job of those alternative technologies that much easier, it would be hard to go wrong! Other studies have shown that a single mature tree can produce as much cooling effect as five, yes that’s FIVE AC units. For each tree. Now that’s a powerful plant!
Also, don’t forget that other studies have shown that planting trees in your yard actually raises the property value of your home to prospective home buyers, even without factoring in energy savings. So in today’s lackluster home market, a few well placed trees could make the difference between a listing that sits or sells. And also, every tree you plant in your environment helps to filter the air that you breathe every day, making your lungs and body that much healthier and promoting biodiversity. For an example of a nice tree distribution program, check out the Los Angeles organization Tree People, who partner with the city to give away free trees to city residents who agree to care for them. This weekend, they’re giving away fruit trees like peaches, nectarines, and apples. Yum!
Here’s the link to a Discovery News article outlining the methodology of this latest study. Planting Trees Saves You Cash.