New trees can reduce your energy bills: Hydro One

April 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

With so many trees destroyed during last winter’s ice storm, some of you may be thinking of planting new trees.

Hydro One has some tips to make sure you plant in the right place.

Proper placement can reduce your energy consumption, keep your family safe and ensure that the tree does not impact nearby power lines.

According to Hydro One, more than 30 per cent of power outages in the utility’s coverage area are caused by tree contact.

By following these tips you can reduce these risks:

• Plant tall-growing trees at least eight metres from power lines;

• Deciduous trees provide shade from the summer heat. In the winter after those leaves have fallen, more sunlight can enter your home, maximizing the solar warmth and light. Place trees to the south and southwest to provide shade from the late afternoon-evening sun;

• A good windbreak includes a mixture of coniferous trees, deciduous shrubs, evergreen shrubs and perennial plants. The right combination will shield your home from cold winter winds. Even a single row of white pine trees can reduce wind speed hitting your home by 60 per cent;

• Low-growing evergreen shrubs, planted beside basement walls, add a green layer of insulation to your home’s exterior. Tightly placed shrubs help keep warmth in and winter winds out. Remember to plant shrubs at least 60 centimetres away from your foundation walls and;

• Call before you dig to located underground lines. Call Ontario One for an underground wire check at 1-800-400-2255 or go to

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