Florida Tree Ordinance Saves Energy, Money

Florida Tree Ordinance Saves Energy, Money,
Lucy Chubb, Environmental News Network
Gainesville, Florida, has it made in the shade–because the city
cares about its trees, writes Lucy Chubb on the Environmental
News Network.
‘Gainesville’s arboreal awareness is saving
its citizens money on electricity bills compared to residents of
nearby, less wooded municipalities, according to a study by the
University of Florida.’ Under the ordinance, even private property
owners must obtain a permit before cutting down any tree with a
trunk larger than 30 inches in diameter. Also, the city employs a
full-time arborist whose job is to maintain Gainesville’s shady
character. According to the University of Florida study, residents
of neigboring towns pay an average $120 more per year for
electricity due to increased air-conditioning costs. — LUGo there>>

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