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Publication Citation: The effect of shade trees on summertime electricity use in Sacramento, California

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Author(s): Geoffrey Donovan; David T. Butry; Joshua D. Kneifel;
Title: The effect of shade trees on summertime electricity use in Sacramento, California
Published: September 01, 2010
Abstract: Although previous studies have shown that shade trees can reduce summertime electricity use, none have compared these reductions to other common energy-conservation measures. We demonstrate that a 30-year old tree planted on the west side of a house in Sacramento, California reduces summertime electricity use by 18%, which exceeds the savings from replacing the house s HVAC system, replacing windows, adding attic insulation or turning the thermostat up by one degree Celsius.
Citation: NIST TN - 1671
Pages: 20 pp.
Research Areas: Microeconomic Analysis