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Residents in shady streets save 10% on their electricity bill

This is according to a survey conducted by the Geocartography company, which, among other things, measured the rate of use of air conditioners in houses and streets in Tel Aviv and Israel with similar characteristics except for one - the presence or absence of trees

shady streets. The photo was taken in North Sydney. and a customer from the free stock photo site Stock Exchange
shady streets. The photo was taken in North Sydney. and a customer from the free stock photo site Stock Exchange

It turns out that living on a street with shade is not only more pleasant and healthier, but now it also turns out to be more profitable financially. This is due to the cumulative savings in electricity expenses for air conditioning. This is according to a new study carried out by Dr. Rina Degani, CEO of Geocartography. The average duration of operation of air conditioners in "green" and shaded streets, with broad-topped trees and dense foliage, was found to be about 10% lower compared to streets with few trees, in the same residential environment.

"Those who live on a shaded street pay about 10% less electricity per square meter in their apartment compared to those who live on an unshaded street," Degani points out. The tests conducted during the study revealed that the average number of air conditioners in apartments on shady streets was about 13% higher than the number of air conditioners in apartments on shaded streets.

It was found that the average electricity bill on the shaded streets was lower compared to the average bill on the unshaded street: NIS 385 per month compared to NIS 355 per month in the summer months on the shaded streets. It therefore follows that when calculating the ratio per square meter in the shaded buildings compared to the non-shaded ones - the price difference reaches about 10%. Also, the duration of the operating hours of an apartment air conditioner on a street with shade-casting trees was low compared to streets that are not shaded. The conclusion - it is more economical to live in streets with shade compared to others.

It should be noted that this is a preliminary study and as part of it, 205 apartments in Tel Aviv were examined in streets with similar construction characteristics, a similar number of floors, a similar direction - north-south, the size of the apartment, the number of rooms, the number of people and the age of the air conditioners. The streets tested are: Yehoshua ben Nun, Kalonimos and Ibn Gvirol in similar parallel sections, Sderot Chen compared to Ibn Gvirol in similar parallel sections, as well as Sderot Hild in Ramat Gan compared to parallel sections on Hara Street.

The issue has wider implications for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which has become an international systemic task. According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, greenhouse gas emissions are on a steep growth trend, with one of the reasons for this being the increase in the use of electricity, mainly for air conditioners. However, the findings of the study indicate that one of the ways to deal with the worsening problem is the planned planting of trees that absorb carbon dioxide and add shade to their surroundings, thus contributing directly to the reduction of greenhouse gases as well as significant cumulative savings in spending electricity on air conditioning the house.

It is worth emphasizing that reducing the heat load improves the comfort conditions not only for the human body, but also helps the operation of the air conditioner, which consumes less energy to maintain the room temperature when the outside temperature is lower.

The study, which was conducted in collaboration with Eitan Maza from "Geo-Green" from the Geocartography group, confirms previous studies carried out on the same subject in which it was found that the maximum daily temperatures in shaded streets were 2 to 4 degrees lower than in streets with less shade. The findings strengthen the claim that green is not only healthy, but also economic.

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13 תגובות

  1. Air conditioners that operate in the summer produce large amounts of water. I recommend obliging the owners of the air conditioners to route the water by making a pipe that connects to it, to plants that are in the garden of the owner of the air conditioner or on the nearby sidewalk, if the air conditioner is turned on every day, it is recommended to move the outlet of the pipe to a plant immediately day, plants that will receive the above-mentioned treatment will receive the water they need in great abundance, thereby saving water intended for drinking and the soil will receive water free of harmful substances found in ordinary water.

  2. Life in the shade of the trees is not dirt, it is an important value in itself. Organisms have an intrinsic value, and not only according to their convenience and economic contribution to man. It is important to maintain a healthy ecosystem, even within the city. Trees, because they are producers, are the infrastructure for this.

  3. Planting trees takes up ground water, the leaves pollute the street and cause cleaning expenses and the travel of garbage trucks, bats live on the trees and birds high on peeing.
    It is good that they are removing trees in Ramat Hasharon and it is appropriate that they do so in Tel Aviv

  4. Hugin:
    And the advice to plant trees is not advice?
    I actually think that the advice Erez offered is important and his advice - unlike yours - does not appear in the article.

  5. The ficus trees on Chen St. in Tel Aviv do transform the street
    more pleasant to live in. They grow very tall and reach
    Even to the 4th and 5th floors

    It seems to me that Ben Zion Blvd also has such high peaks and
    In part of Rothschild Blvd

    It's a shame that the municipality's website doesn't say what kind of trees are on each avenue

  6. For cedar, maybe in the XNUMXth we will be satisfied with planting "cedars" and other types of trees instead of Eichs??

  7. Capital can be saved in a one-time cost by improving the insulation of the house also for external noise, the common problem of heat loss in winter is due to wet walls.

    Correct diagnosis of the building's insulation level, derived from the building material, its insulation level and the condition of the building envelope against moisture.

    You can get a correct diagnosis and if you need specifications to improve the level of insulation for a cost of about two months electricity bill, and in a problematic structure the savings will be great.

  8. For example, not to collect taxes and social security and give all kinds of concessions to those who plant a lot of trees in the neighborhood or near the house
    Think about concessions that will make many more people plant trees because in general it is a useful thing - not only because of the issue of cooling

  9. But there are many trees that do not need to be watered except for the first year until they are absorbed
    So the cost comes out minor

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