Plant a Tree
Trees are good for the air, for the earth, and for your local birds, but expending the energy to plant them on your property can help you save on energy in the long run, too, according to the Arbor Day Foundation: If you place them at the right distance from your home on the east, west, and northwest sides, they can help shade it to lower your cooling costs in the summer; using one to shade your air-conditioning unit makes an even bigger impact. In the winter, pine trees and other conifers can block winds, while trees that lose their leaves will let the sun through to warm things up.
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- “Organic Food: Healthier for You and the Planet”. TreeHugger. (Mar. 5, 2013) http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/organic-food-healthier-for-you-and-the-planet/page4.html
- “What is hypermiling?” How Stuff Works. (Mar. 5, 2013) https://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-racing/nascar/nascar-basics/hypermiling1.htm
- “Built In Dishwashers vs. Hand Washing Which is Greener?” TreeHugger. (Mar. 5, 2013) http://www.treehugger.com/kitchen-design/built-in-dishwashers-vs-hand-washing-which-is-greener.html
- Arbor Day Foundation. (Mar. 5, 2013) http://www.arborday.org/index.cfm