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|Author(s):||Geoffrey Donovan; David T. Butry;|
|Title:||The value of shade: Estimating the effect of urban trees on summertime electricity use|
|Published:||June 01, 2009|
|Abstract:||We estimated the effect of shade trees on the summertime electricity use of 640 single-family homes in Sacramento, California. Results show that trees on the west and south sides of a house reduce summertime electricity use, whereas trees on the north side of a house increase summertime electricity use. Current level of tree cover on the west and south sides of houses in our sample reduce summertime electricity use by 185 kWh (5.2 %), whereas north-side trees increase electricity use by 55 kWh (1.5 %). Results also show that a London Plane Tree, planted on the west side of a house, can reduce carbon emissions from summertime electricity use by 31% over a 100-year horizon.|
|Citation:||Energy and Buildings|
|Pages:||pp. 662 - 668|
|Keywords:||urban trees, energy conservation, economics, shade, California|
|Research Areas:||Building Economics|