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How Planting Trees Can Help Save Energy
While trees can provide enormous benefits, it’s important when planting trees on your property to do so in a way that does not pose a threat to your building, and to ensure that all trees are properly maintained. This may help to ensure that you do not suffer property damage that requires an Arizona homeowners insurance claim to be filed.
Who has not felt the benefit that comes from sheltering under a tree on a sweltering day? Trees help cool us down and bring relief from the glaring hot sun. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, if you plant them in the right spots on your property, you may help to substantially reduce your energy expenses.
Arbor Day recommends planting trees on the west and north-west of your property, and near east and west windows, to provide some shade from the afternoon sun. They also recommend planting over concrete driveways and patios, and near air-conditioning units to help keep them cooler and running more efficiently. In this way, you may be able to beautify your property, reduce your running costs, and help lower carbon dioxide emissions in the process.
Naturally, it’s important to keep your trees healthy and well-pruned, to remove any branches that could become airborne in strong winds, as well as to get any old, dead trees removed for the sake of safety and loss-reduction.
With sensible planting and maintenance, you may be able to reduce your energy bills and keep your Arizona homeowners insurance claims in check in the process. For more information on home insurance policies, contact us today.*