How to Reduce your Air Conditioning Costs by up to 20%

Nov 17, 2010 by Lisa Newton

According to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), you can.


By planting trees.

Although it may take a few years to come to fruition, “mature trees help reduce air conditioning use and associated energy costs by up to 20 percent.”

What, you don’t have any trees?

Well, LADWP can help with that.

Through the Trees for a Green LA program, LADWP in partnership with a Million Trees LA, has made it effortless for Los Angeles City residents to receive free shade trees is also included.

All you have to do is follow these simple steps to enjoy the benefits of having cool natural shade, energy efficiency, and clean air:

  1. Complete an online workshop.
  2. Submit your completed tree order and site plan.
  3. LADWP will deliver the trees to your home; you then plant and care for them.

That’s all there is to it.

I took the online workshop, which is actually a very brief look at where and why you should plant your trees, hence the site plan is easy and an uncomplicated step by step guide on how to plant your trees.

For the best chance of success with your trees, you need to go through three tasks, all equally important.

It’s called “the 3 P’s”: Planning, Planting, and Protecting.

  1. Planning requires knowing your property and what space you have, determining what areas you can most effectively shade, and then selecting the right trees.
  2. Planting involves following the proper steps to plant your trees, without causing damage, so the trees grow vigorously.
  3. Protecting your “natural air conditioners” (shade trees) requires ongoing care, including watering, staking, and pruning.

If you’re a non-residential electric customer, you can obtain free trees using the same steps.

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