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Posted by Terrell Mccarthy on August 6, 2009, 8:24 am
One of the ways that we can help make a difference, is in our homes.
There are simple steps to helping our home be more eco-friendly. Being
green does not have to be complicated.
The following tips on controlling and managing the temperature and
energy of your home are certain to get you on the road to be a better
steward of God's planet. They can also save you some spending green!
Green Home Energy Tips
* Add weather stripping to doors and windows of your home. Everywhere
that air can seep in or out.
* Plant trees that lose their leaves in the winter. They will keep
your home shady in the summer and help the sun come through in the
* Put awnings and blinds up. They will promote shade and keep your
home cool when you want it cool and warm when you want it warm.
* Use ceiling and floor fans as often as possible and limit air
* Opening your windows is even better.
* If you live in a very warm climate and must have the air, keep the
thermostat set to no lower than 78 degrees during the day, and around
75 degrees at night . If you use fans as mentioned above this will be
* In the winter months keep your thermostat at around 70 degrees
during the day and around 65 degrees at night.
* Use your kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans as little as
possible. It takes air out of the house. You want to keep the cool or
warm air in, depending no the weather.
These simple changes will make a positive impact on the environment
and your wallet! You will feel better too, knowing that you are a part
of the solution!

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Posted by Joesepi on August 7, 2009, 12:19 am
Trees will only add to the already heavy carbon footprint when they rot in
the ground or are burned, releasing any carbon gases they absorbed. This is
not a long term solution in some respects. I doubt you will grow a tree on
your roof and in the summer the sun is high overhead. How will the tree
shade your house?

Posted by greg_kr on August 7, 2009, 3:23 pm
 The Trees may not provide shade to the roof of your house, rather the
combined area that is shaded will contribute to reducing the surface
area of your home (sides + roof) which is exposed to the sun
throughout the day and keep your home cooler.


Posted by Robert Scott on August 8, 2009, 10:37 pm

So they are carbon neutral.  They don't add anything to the carbon footprint.
Nor do they take anything away from it (in the long run).

Trees do not have to shade the roof to be effective.  Most of the energy that
falls on the roof is conducted away by the air on top, or the air in the attic
(assuming you have good passive attic ventiilation and attic insulation).  Very
little of the roof heat finds its way into your house to add to air conditioning
load anyway.  However, nearly 100% of the energy that falls on your windows does
add to your A/C load.  So shading a big picture windows with trees is very
effective, and that you can expect even from a fairly short tree. (Although an
awning may be cheaper)

Robert Scott
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Posted by Joesepi on August 13, 2009, 3:44 pm
 I always wondered why the Mexican don't grow big deciduous trees for the
shade. Their sun doesn't cast shadows to the side.

North of Mexico we don't grow deciduous trees up the side of our
foundations, for our summer sun blockage. A well placed roof overhang can
actually function to block solar energy in the summer and allow it in the
winter. Trees really cannot provide that very well.

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