Have you ever sat under a tree in the summer in order to escape the heat or stood behind a wall in the winter to avoid the chilling wind? While it maybe second nature for us to take advantage of landscape or hardscape to help control our body temperature, did you know you can do the same for your home? Your landscape can take advantage of these same benefits, making your home more energy efficient. Today we’re going to talk about some energy efficient landscaping facts and tips!
Energy Efficient Landscaping Facts
- The U.S. Department of Energy’s efficiency studies show that shading under trees close to ground level can reduce surrounding air temperatures by 25 degrees compared to air temperatures above nearby blacktop paving.
- A shade tree can save up to 25% of your home’s energy for cooling.
- Landscaping that creates windbreaks can cut winter healing by up to 30%.
- Computer models devised by the U.S. Department of Energy predict that the proper placement of only three trees will save an average household between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually.
Energy Efficient Landscaping Tips
- Dense windbreaks such as evergreens can block wind speed by 85%. Plant them so that they block northeast winter winds.
- Use hardscape and other plantings near your home to create dead air space, which can act as an insulator for your home.
- Maximize summer shade with large trees, especially in a way that provides shade to roofs, walls, and windows.
- Add lattice with climbing vines to areas in direct summer sunlight. These vines can help shade your home and allow cooling breezes.
- Use hardscape such as patio made of stone or concrete – it will soak up summer heat and reflect it during the winter.
How energy efficient is your home? Have you ever thought about the benefits of landscaping for energy efficiency? Is your home naturally shaded by large trees or did you have to plant your oaks and evergreens?
If you would like the professionals at The Stepping Stone Rock and Garden Center, LLC to help with any of your landscaping or gardening needs, give us a call today at 601-264-2886 or email us at email@example.com.