Earth Day 2017: How Trees Can Save You Huge

Earth Day 2017: How Trees Can Save You Huge

Earth Day is just around the corner and believe it or not, going green can also save you some green. Besides the obvious environmental benefits, there are also shocking ways that adding a few extra trees to your yard could save you huge!

1) Shade Trees Can Decrease Cooling Costs- Mature shade trees like maples, yellow poplars and sycamores can drastically decrease your home's cooling cost in the summer. These trees can block direct sunlight from beating down on your home. Properly placed trees can lower a home's cooling bill by up to 58%! Insiders tip, plant a tree near your air conditioning unit to keep it shady. Your unit will work more efficiently if it's not baking in the sun.

2) Trees Can Decrease Heating Costs- Similarly, thick trees like evergreens can sufficiently help reduce your heating bill. Dense trees do a great job blocking the wind. Without that cold air constantly blowing on your house you could decrease your heating bill anywhere from 20-50%!

3) Trees Can Increase Your Home's Value- New homes tend to look a bit bare until the landscaping grows in. Shockingly enough, a single mature tree can add anywhere from $1,000-$10,000 worth of value to your home. Potential buyers appreciate a yard that has been cared for.

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