2017's Great American Tree theme, Summer Shade Trees, allowed us to recognize the considerable relief trees provide during the scorching summer months. But did you know trees can regulate winter temperatures as well?Planting a tree on the side of your house where the wind originates (this is typically the N/NE), can serve as a wind breaker. Arbor Day Foundation says that well placed trees can reduce gusts of winds from 35 to 10 mph. Intercepting these harsh winds will keep your house warmer, therefore keeping your hands off the thermostat! A lowered demand for indoor heating can minimize daily CO2 energy emissions. Therefore, planting a tree outside your house is less work for you and less work for our forests.
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