In Minnesota, strategically placed shade trees can reduce an air conditioning bills by nearly 25 percent and a windbreak can reduce annual fuel bills by up to 20 percent. Also, trees throughout the community (our community forest) cool us in summer (thereby reducing air pollution) and they shelter us from harsh winter winds. In order to achieve these savings and benefits, trees should be properly located.
Strategies: West is best. Let the sun shine in. The more the merrier. Up and over.
Home energy use factsMinnesotans typically spend ten times more to heat than to cool their homes.