All of us like to save money. With easy energy efficient
landscaping you can save up to 30% or more on your
energy bills. Just a few simple adjustments to your existing
landscape or by careful planning of your new landscape you can
create an energy saving home.
So what are some of these "easy" ideas? We have listed a few
below that won't require the use of an expensive landscape
What About the
You may live in the southern most part of the country where
summer days are long, hot and very dry. On the other hand, you
may live in the north where the winters are long, very cold and
brutal and the days are short. The type of landscape you have
surrounding your home can make a huge difference. You may need
large shade trees to protect your home's walls from the sun's
rays or you may want the sun to warm your home for as much of
the day as possible.
Plant large, deciduous trees and evergreens on the
south-west side of your home this will create a natural wall of
protection from the sun's pounding rays. The deciduous trees
will lose their leaves in the winter allowing the sun's warming
rays to heat your home.
You will also want the warm rays of the sun to heat the
hardscape surrounding your home this will also increase the
heat levels inside the home.
Adding Protection from
A cold winter wind seeping into the home can rapidly cause a
temperature drop. This will also be reflected in your next
Ask your local nursery expert about using trees as wind
breaks and which trees would be the best as well as fast
growing. Some of the more sturdy walls or fences can also be
excellent wind breaks.
One of the most important ways comfortable home temperatures
can be achieved is by making sure the attic, walls, windows and
doors are properly insulated. Having double pained windows and
gaskets around openings such as vents can also help.
By keeping up on home maintenance this will help decrease
the possibility of giving away valuable warm or cool air.
Another way is with the energy efficient landscaping that
includes thick shrubbery planted close to the home, but leaving
a pocket of dead air creating a natural thermal space. Again,
make use of your local nursery expert as to which type of
shrubs would be the best and the proper amount of dead air
space between the home and shrubs.
A properly maintained and landscaped home cannot only be
attractive but practical. You will saving hundreds of dollars
each year by making energy efficient landscaping a