Shade Trees help reduce energy costs

Keeping Your Home Cool(er)

Cooling your home in summer - thermostat

This is my thermostat and I keep it set pretty high on hot days. I close the drapes and with a few fans, stay pretty comfortable.

On these hot, humid days, it can be tough to keep cool. I don’t know about you, but I want my home to be comfortable without increasing my utility bills.

If you are a homeowner or own a business, it may be time to think about replacing windows, adding insulation or replacing aging appliances.

If you live in an apartment, check out Energy Actions for Renters to Save Dollars and Increase Comfort from Nebraska Extension.

Farmers and ranchers also understand the importance of reducing energy costs. Livestock need to be kept cool, machinery operational, grain drying and decisions need to be made about irrigation.

“Did you know that only 17% shade over your house during the day translates to a savings of 10 dollars a month on your power bill? Additionally, increasing that same shade to 50% will decrease your power bill by an additional $20 per month.”
source: Tree Planting to Lower Power Bills –

The following resources will help you make energy-related decisions:

Nebraska Energy Office: The June 2016 Nebraska Energy Office Quarterly Newsletter provides tips to help us “cool” our homes and help save energy costs. The Nebraska Energy Office Web site is an official Nebraska Government Web site. You can sign up to receive the newsletter on the site.

Nebraska Extension has research-based resources to help you conserve energy and help reduce costs. Visit the publications site for resources on everything from stopping leaks around the home, to lighting and more. Visit here has resources on energy from a nationwide network of university extension professionals. You can also “ask an expert” on this site if you have questions.

How do you keep cool and reduce energy costs during summer? Share your tips in the comments below.

Me? I do all I can to keep my home cool. I’m grateful to have mature trees in my landscape to shade the house. The featured photo is of the large west window in my dining room. I have a beautiful flowering crabapple tree that shades it in the afternoon! I place fans in every room, do laundry in the evening when it is cooler and draw drapes on the sunny sides of the house.

Have a great day!!


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Don’t forget to check with your state’s energy office for more advice, tips and resources. If you don’t live in Lancaster County, Nebraska, please make sure to check out your local extension office too. Your extension office has resources for you, your family and community. To find your local office, visit (nationwide listing).


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