I stood at the end of our driveway this morning, after picking up the newspaper which I usually do in the dark now, but since it’s Saturday, I’m up later, and looked around the neighborhood. I realized I am surrounded by big, tall trees. When we moved to this house 28 years ago, the neighborhood was pretty new with young landscaping. I remember a friend of mine saying that it looked kind of naked because there weren’t any trees. I looked around and thought, “yes there are trees, they’re just small.” Well, those trees grew up.
Even though our temperatures this summer have been over 100 on many days, my power bill (courtesy of PG&E) has remained reasonable. I cringe every month when the bill arrives, and then I am pleasantly surprised when I see how low the cost is. As I stood there this morning, looking at all those trees, up and down my street, I realized that there was my cost savings. Those trees are keeping the air cooler, thus keeping my house cooler. Now, how do I keep the heating costs down in the winter?