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Landscaping done correctly can go a long way in increasing comfort and efficiency of your home. 

SUMMER BENEFIT: The key to maximizing energy conservation in the summer is carefully placing trees to shade your home from morning and afternoon sun.

WINTER BENEFIT: Blocking cold winds is the best contribution trees can make toward energy conservation in the winter. A well-designed windbreak can reduce heating costs by 10-25 percent.


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The graphic below shows how planting the right trees in the right places can conserve energy and, in turn, save you money. Properly placed trees can block wind, as well as cool and warm your home.

Large deciduous trees planted on the east, west, and northwest sides of your home create soothing shade from the hot summer sun and reduce summer air conditioning costs by up to  percent.

Next time you plant a tree near your home, contact Pioneer's manager of Vegetation Control at to provide further tips to decrease your energy use.

Pioneer has been named a Tree Line USA utility by the National Arbor Day Foundation. This honor is awarded to utilities that ensure proper practices in tree care, planting and training. Learn more about Tree Line USA.


Diagram showing how the right trees can be energy efficient for a home

SOURCE: Arbor Day Foundation



You may also find these tools, provided by The National Agroforestry Center, beneficial when determining the best method for you to conserve energy: (Click to download)


Working Trees for Communities PDF download

Working Trees for Energy PDF download

Living Snow Fence PDF

Working Trees PDF coloring page


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