AUBURN – An Auburn University study sheds new light on just how valuable shade trees are in reducing homeowners’ electricity bills during hot summer months.
Professor David Laband in the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences says electricity usage and costs will be 11.4 percent less if a house has just 17.5 percent heavy shade coverage. This is compared to a house with no shade.
Auburn University horticulture professor Gary Keever works with a newly installed irrigation hose on one of the school's two famous oak trees on Toomer's Corner.
– Two of Alabama’s best-known trees, Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner live oaks, are about to get spruced up.
On Saturday, specialists in the care of live oaks from the regional office of Bartlett Tree Experts in Tucker, Ga., will perform a horticultural version of “Extreme Makeover” on the historic trees at the southwest corner of College Street and Magnolia Avenue, where Auburn University meets downtown Auburn. For much of the day, curbside traffic lanes at that corner will be closed and traffic through the intersection will be constricted while the Bartlett crew works on the trees.