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The value of shade: Estimating the effect of urban trees on summertime electricity use

Published

Author(s)

Geoffrey Donovan, David Butry

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
Volume
41

Keywords

urban trees, energy conservation, economics, shade, California

Citation

Donovan, G. and Butry, D. (2009), The value of shade: Estimating the effect of urban trees on summertime electricity use, Energy and Buildings (Accessed April 17, 2024)
Created May 31, 2009, Updated October 12, 2021