Trees Please Hamilton

Green Solutions to Air Pollution

Ecosystem services provided by trees: cooling and sheltering

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On a hot day, there is nothing like resting below the dense canopy of a towering tree, where the temperature is several degrees lower than under the open sky. In the winter, animals find warmth in the branches of evergreen trees, sheltered from the blowing snow

For us, the cooling and sheltering provided by trees can be translated directly into energy savings. By shading your house in the summer and buffering it from the wind and snow in the winter, trees reduce the strain on air conditioners and furnaces.

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Imagine having this 20 metre tall beauty in your backyard! Open Tree Map calculates that this Silver Maple could save you $123 annually just in terms of heating and cooling. Not a bad bonus on top of making all that oxygen!

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Author: treespleasehamilton

A project of the Hamilton Naturalists' Club and Environment Hamilton. Funding by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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