In tests that compare heating costs from homes on protected and unprotected sites, researchers found that windbreaks reduce fuel use by 18 to 25 per cent. These savings are a result of reduced wind speed, which lowers the rate of both conduction and infiltration. Realized savings from your windbreak depends on the height of the trees and windbreak porosity, with the denser and taller windbreaks found most effective.
When production and processing facilities or croplands produce odors that are objectionable to surrounding communities, resident complaints and government citations often result. If the company wants to continue its venture and stay in good stead with its neighbors, but cannot reduce the odors with facility modifications, odor abatement may be the answer. A windbreak for odor abatement uses specific plant materials planted in windbreak-style to help neutralize objectionable smells and reduce negative views.