How do you keep cool in the summertime? Do you enjoy lying underneath a tree? The reason why the air feels much cooler under a tree is not just the shade. Trees also give off water vapor, cooling their surroundings off a little extra. This could translate into energy savings for you as a homeowner. By some calculations, having trees growing near a home can lower the energy bill by as much as 10%. That can translate into quite a bit of money.
Of course, it is important to do this right. You don’t want trees so close to your home that they will eventually be too large to stay there. You also want to avoid having sickly trees that could drop limbs on your roof and do damage. Another possible risk is that of tree roots creeping into your plumbing and causing a serious backup of sewage. Make sure that you don’t do more harm than good when you choose to plant trees around your home.