7 Ways Trees Can Save You Money and Provide Unexpected Value to Your Life
Besides their general beauty, trees provide many benefits for us, wildlife, and the planet.
Trees strategically planted around your home could reduce your air conditioning and heating needs by up to 50% and 20% respectively, saving you up to $250 per year! How? Trees can provide shade from the hot sun in warmer months and act as a wind buffer keeping your home warmer in cooler months.
Healthy, mature and well-maintained trees and shrubs can add up to up to 14% to your home’s value, and will help your home sell faster!
Trees provide fresh air for you and your family by removing toxins and pollutants from the air. One tree can produce 260 pounds of oxygen per year, that’s enough for two people to live off of!
Trees reduce the risk of flooding and soil erosion around your home. Their roots soak up rainwater, and when raindrops bounce off their leaves they don’t hit the ground so hard, both of which helps to prevent soil runoff.
By planting trees and taking care of the ones you have, you’re doing your part for the planet. As you learned above, trees help with energy conservation and pollution reduction. Just one tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles!
Trees provide a home to wildlife which helps to play a role in our ecosystem, and can be a valuable educational tool for kids.
Recent studies have proven that trees increase happiness, productivity, and lessen stress and anxiety in humans.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” - Chinese Proverb.
Facts sourced from USDA Forest Service, US Department of Energy, Plant Care Today, Growing Air Foundation, USDA, Arbor Environmental Alliance, NY Times