Smart Landscaping & Energy Efficiency

Did you know that the average homeowner can save up to 25 percent on energy bills by planting the right trees in the right place?

Shading

Here's the root of the matter. During hot summer days, the sun beams through windows and bakes your roof and driveway, which makes your air conditioner run more often. Natural shading helps cool your home and lower your energy costs. That's pretty cool!

In addition, shading your outdoor air conditioning unit can help lower the energy used to cool your home, as long as it doesn’t block adequate airflow.

Plant deciduous trees, which lose their leaves in the winter, to block west and east facing windows during summer months. Shade all hard surfaces such as driveways, patios and sidewalks to create cooler areas around your house.


Windbreaks

Evergreen trees and shrubs planted on the north side of your home will help block and slow winter winds. Do not plant them on the south or west side, because they will block the sun’s natural warmth during cold months.