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October 24, 1992 - Image 66

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-10-24

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Trees Help
Save Energy

In Novi's

"Superb" Community.

BETTER VALUE

1 1 /2 miles north of
Downtown Northville.

uperh Homes, a
premier builder in the
Chase Farms community, is
building luxurious single-family homes
with 4 different & unique floor plans,
that are a must to see!

PRICED FROM $274,900.

Model phone:
380-5440
Located in Novi on 8 Mile
just east of Novi Road.

Open 12-5 daily. Closed Thursday.
Brokers Welcome.

Watch for 1993
Style Magazines
in the spring and in the fall.

S TYLE

magazine

64 • FALL 1992 • STYLE

An often overlooked method of
lowering your house's energy use is in-
creasing the number of trees on your
property. Planting the right tree in the
right location can help lower your
heating and cooling costs. And
because you are using energy efficient-
ly, you are also helping to protect the
environment, according to the Edison
Electric Institute and the National
Rural Electric Cooperative Associa-
tion, two national associations of elec-
tric utilities.
Deciduous and evergreen trees work
together to block the hot summer sun
and cold winter winds. The right com-
bination of these trees can also protect
your home from noise and dust, too.
Deciduous trees have broad leaves,
and include oak, maple, and elm trees.
These trees should be planted on the
south and west sides of your home, the
areas where the sun's rays reach your
house. In the summer, the deciduous
trees will help block the hot summer
sun. This in turn will lower your air
conditioning costs.
In the winter, the same deciduous
trees have now lost all their leaves and
allow the sun's warmth to reach your
house. This helps to lower your
heating bills.
Evergreen trees should be planted
on the north and west side of your
house. Here, these trees with their
branches of thick green needles, can
block the cold winter winds.
Low trees and shrubs planted close
to your home reduce wind currents
and create a "dead air" space that
helps to reduce heat loss in the winter.
It also helps to buffer your home from
hot outside air in the summer.
When planting trees, remember to
watch out for overhead power lines.
Trees with a low mature height, less
than 25 feet, are recommended for
planting under power lines. Be sure to
check with your electric utility's
forestry department, or local nursery
to help decide which tree is best.
For more information on planting
trees on your property, or in your
neighborhood, write to the American-
Forestry Association, P.O. Box 2000,
Washington, D.C. 20013, or call (202)
667-3300. I 1

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