How to Use Trees to Save Energy
April 22, 2016 marked the 46th anniversary of Earth Day, a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to take action to live in a more environmentally-friendly world. Earth Day and beyond, join the movement and educate yourself on ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and leave a green one in its place.
Use Trees to Save Energy
One simple way to become more environmentally-conscious (and save some money at the same time) is to use trees to save energy. This Old House, a Time subsidiary magazine, offers the following tips on how to do this:
- If you're building a new home, face the front of the house toward the south for solar heat gain.
- In colder climates, plant evergreen trees on the north side of the house to block winter winds.
- Plant deciduous trees on the south side of the house to block summer sun.
Additional ways you can go green everyday include:
- Switching off the lights when you leave a room.
- Turning down the air conditioner when you leave the house.
- Installing low-flow shower heads.
- Watering your yard less.
- Considering composting.
- Using chemical-free, all-natural cleaners like the ones found in our previous blog post, This Spring Clean With the Safer Choice.
- Recycling and reusing your air. By setting your HVAC system to "recirculate," you're recirculating the air in your home instead of pulling outside air in, which tends to bring with it pollen and mold spores. Before you do this, consider having your air duct system cleaned so you aren't recirculating potentially harmful air.
- EXTRA! 5 things you should be spring cleaning on the outside of your home to prevent damage on the inside.
More info? For more ways to go green, check out our other post, Going Green with Clean Air Ducts.
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