Take a walk around your house or business and see where you could plant a tree!
The net cooling effect of a healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day, and properly placed trees can reduce cooling costs by 30 percent. Shading an air conditioning unit can increase its efficiency by 10 percent.
Select your site today, then pick up a tree from your local nursery, or a tree distribution program this fall to plant. For a listing of upcoming tree distribution programs, go to: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/Forestry/UrbanForestry/Residenti...
Tell us about the tree that provides your house the most shade:
Photo by: Gary Kling, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org