BENEFIT OF TREES
Beyond the basic biology of trees, they also reduce our carbon footprint in various ways. Here are some of the many environmental benefits of planting trees:
A mature tree helps to reduce runoff in an urban setting. As rainwater falls, much of it gets picked up by trees, preventing it from ending up in storm drains. On average, a mature tree can absorb up to 3,785 litres of rainfall that would otherwise need to be pumped and filtered, requiring additional energy.
Trees also absorb ozone, which is a potent greenhouse gas.
The shade from a single tree can save the same amount of energy required by 10 room-sized air conditioners need to run for 20 hours a day.
Using trees to provide windbreaks around your house can reduce your heating bill — and the attendant energy consumption — by 20 to 50% per year.