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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 22, 2014

2nd Saturday workshop focus on trees

Apr 08, 2013

Fairfield’s Hometown Rewards Program is offering a free educational workshop from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Public Library.

Patty Petersen, field coordinator and horticulturalist with Trees Forever, will present the workshop on how to plant strategically for energy savings. She will provide information about site selection and tree location, as well as the basics of tree planting, care, and maintenance. Additionally, she will give take-home tips for tree identification.

“Everyone will find some easy ways that they can make a change in their landscape to reduce their energy bills,” said Petersen. “For example, I was speaking to a Kiwanis group in Muscatine about appropriate tree placement, and after the event, a man told me that a tree fell during the summer and his energy bill went up $50 a month because of the loss of that one tree. Conservatively, with three properly placed trees, you can reduce your energy costs by $250 per year.”

Planting trees and shrubs is good for the environment and good for the property owner’s pocket-book. In addition to capturing carbon and mitigating the effects of climate change, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, strategic planting of trees and shrubs can save the average household between $100 and $250 in annual energy costs. Additionally, planting trees and shrubs around a home or business can reduce its summer energy needs by up to 50 percent; and planting windbreaks can reduce winter heating costs by 10 percent for urban locations and up to 40 percent for farmsteads.

Fairfield’s Hometown Rewards Program is offering free educational workshops through August at the Fairfield library. The workshops are a partnership between the city of Fairfield, Alliant Energy and the Fairfield library, and will provide practical information about how residents of Fairfield can change their behaviors to save energy and money, conserve resources and reduce their carbon footprint. All workshops are free and open to the public.

If the community meets the goals of the program, Alliant Energy will help fund the installation of solar panels on the Fairfield Public Library.

 

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