Why should I not cut down trees near my home to remove the risk of damage?

Perhaps you should… or perhaps not.  Not only do healthy and structurally sound trees near your home provide you with energy conservation benefits, there are also documented cases where trees actually protect homes from severe weather damage.  It is a good idea to work with a professional arborist to evaluate their health and structural integrity on a regular schedule. Remove trees that pose a hazard, but try to maintain healthy, structurally sound trees to maintain the energy conservation benefits they provide.