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2014-05-22 12:23:32

Planting trees in the right location can optimize tree health, electric reliability and help you conserve energy RICHMOND, Va., May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This spring planting season, Dominion Virginia Power encourages customers to plant trees to enhance the health and beauty of the community. But did you know, planning which tree and where it should be planted can actually save you money and increase electric reliability around your home? A little extra planning before planting trees or...

2011-07-12 13:00:00

RIVERSIDE, Calif., July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- After ten years of providing free shade trees to Riverside residents, which help reduce energy usage, beautify the city, and lower green house gases, Riverside Public Utilities' (RPU) "Tree Power" program has surpassed the milestone of providing more than 100,000 trees to its customers. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20070427/LAF045LOGO) In fact, with the closing of its annual free shade tree coupon promotion last month, the...

2010-04-21 08:29:08

Taiwanese researchers reveal the best and coolest trees for subtropical urban areas Shade trees are the superstars of urban landscapes. In addition to their intrinsic aesthetic qualities, these low-tech workhorses reduce air and noise pollution, provide habitat for wildlife, increase property values, and offer cool respite for harried urbanites. Strategically planted shade trees decrease energy usage in urban buildings, absorb carbon dioxide, and supply fresh oxygen. It's no coincidence that...

2009-07-13 09:12:00

ROSEVILLE, Minn., July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As homeowners seek more sustainable, energy-efficient homes, developers are recognizing the role that effective landscape architecture combined with shade can play. In recent years, the demand for "green" has focused primarily on the residential structure. Now, builders and developers are turning their attention to the landscape surrounding each dwelling, to help create greater energy efficiency inside homes. Shade trees, hedges and...

2009-05-14 13:59:19

Scientists at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology say shade trees planted near homes can significantly affect summertime electricity use. The researchers and their colleagues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture said their study -- the first large-scale study of its kind -- focused on the effects of tree shade at 460 single-family homes in Sacramento during the summer of 2007. The researchers said they discovered how well-placed shade trees can reduce energy costs and...

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2009-05-09 08:05:00

Trees positioned to shade the west and south sides of a house may decrease summertime electric bills by 5 percent on average, according to a recent study of California homes by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The first large-scale study of its kind, the research paper considers the effects of shade on 460 single-family homes in Sacramento during the summer of 2007 and provides hard statistics showing how...

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2009-01-05 15:46:59

Shade trees also reduce carbon emissions A recent study shows that shade trees on the west and south sides of a house in California can reduce a homeowner's summertime electric bill by about $25.00 a year. The study, conducted last year on 460 single-family homes in Sacramento, is the first large-scale study to use utility billing data to show that trees can reduce energy consumption. "Everyone knows that shade trees cool a house. No one is going to get a Nobel Prize for that conclusion,"...

2008-07-06 00:00:12

What a green and pleasant land we live in! After virtually any overseas trip, I am always struck by how green England is - this was especially so on my recent return from a holiday in treeless Lesotho. Now, Lesotho is seriously high, with a lot of the country about 10,000ft above sea level and, despite being surrounded by a very pleasantly warm South Africa, there was a lot of snow about. This harsh climate is, however, not the only reason for the lack of trees, as any wood is quickly...


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