Header LogoImpact of Vegetation on Household Energy Costs

Impact of Vegetation on Household Energy Costs

Everyone knows that the shade of a tree helps cool the house on a hot summer day.  The potential of street trees, yard trees, and shrubs to shade a home and cut energy costs is being evaluated for 225 residential properties in Ann Arbor. For each property, records of monthly energy use (gas and electric) were obtained with homeowner permission.  The results of ongoing analysis will be used to develop recommendations about strategic placement of residential plantings to save money, save energy, and support other ecologically positive results. Stay tuned.


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