September 24, 2013 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Money may not grow on trees, but by
planting them in the right places, they could be saving you money. With a new tool from Texas A&M Forest
Service as well as opportunities from partnering organizations, you can ensure
that you are getting the most out of your trees.
Simply landscaping your yard and planting trees strategically
can help keep your home cool, protect it from cold winter winds, and save
energy—thus saving you money.
“Air temperatures can be as much as 20 degrees cooler in the
shade and surface temperatures up to 40 degrees cooler,” said Gretchen Riley,
Texas A&M Forester and Tree Line USA Coordinator. “Trees are a simple and effective way to
reduce heat in and around our homes.” To find the best planting locations for a tree
in your yard, check out the animated graphic at http://texastreeplanting.tamu.edu/energy_efficiency.html.
Oncor Electric and CenterPoint Energy are two major utility companies that have partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to bring the Energy Saving
Trees program to Texas. This free tree
program has a web-based mapping tool that allows homeowners to compare energy savings
based on the amount of shade different types of trees are capable of providing their
Partnering utility companies will provide up to three
trees for you to plant in the area of your yard that allows for optimal energy
savings. This sponsored program allows homeowners to save money on bills in a
way that may not have been considered before.
To find out more about the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy Saving
Trees program and see if your electric provider is a partnering organization,
Gretchen Riley, Tree Line USA Coordinator