Well maintained shade trees are not only beautiful, they can help lower your energy bills. If, that is, they are planted in the proper place in your yard in relation to the sun’s rays on your home.
Some quick tips are:
- Plant on the west and northwest to provide mid- to late-afternoon shade.
- Plant to shade east- and west-facing windows, but be sure to prune lower branches to prevent blocking the view.
- Plant shade trees over patios, driveways and air-conditioning units.
For more information on how properly placed trees save energy by providing summer shade, winter warmth and winter windbreaks, go the Arbor Day Foundation’s webiste.