As we extend our Earth Day and Arbor Day campaign, let's take a look at what trees and other vegetation can do for your health, the environment, and even your pockets!
First, trees and other plants remove tons of CO2 and other pollutants from the air (literally), and replace it with the oxygen we need to live. Some amazing facts on this subject (provided by SaveATree):
- One tree can absorb as much carbon in a year as a car produces while driving 26,000 miles.
- Over the course its life, a single tree can absorb one ton of carbon dioxide.
- A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!
Trees in urban areas help promote walking (and therefore a healthier lifestyle), while also reducing the radiating heat that can generate from concrete and pavement during the summer and keeping your neighborhood cooler.
When it comes to your pockets, trees can make a surprising impact as well!
- The shade and wind buffering provided by trees reduces annual heating and cooling costs by 2.1 billion dollars.
- Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.
- Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30%
- A healthy tree can have a value of up to $10,000.
I certainly don't consider myself a "treehugger," but these are compelling facts. Not to mention, when you're talking about my family's health or my wallet, you've got my ear. So, if you didn't plant a tree to celebrate this past Earth Day or Arbor Day, you should! Better yet, you can plant a tree right now for no cost, and the only work included is clicking your mouse ;)