Trees can add beauty to a home and its surrounding property. They also can serve practical functions. However, since trees also can cause problems when growing near power lines, Boone Electric provides helping information to our members about efficient tree planting.
Trees vary in their mature heights. Planting the right trees in the right place will enhance property value and prevent costly maintenance trimming and damage to your home. Low growing trees will reach electric lines and will not cause power outages.
While landscaping can be used to create an area of beauty and enjoyment, it can also help conserve energy. For example, evergreens can serve as windbreaks and should be planted on the west or north side of your house at least 50 feet away.
Deciduous trees (trees that drop their leaves in the fall) should be planted on the south and/or west side of your house. They can provide cooling shade in the summer and allow warm sunlight through in the winter.
Keep your family more comfortable and reduce your overall energy costs. The practical placement of trees and shrubs, the effective use of attic insulation, and the proper use of caulking and weather-stripping all work together to reduce heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter.