Landscaping not only helps with your energy bills, it also enhances the overall beauty and value of your property.
Today’s energy prices have everyone looking for ways to cut costs.
One often-overlooked way of reducing energy costs is through landscaping, and fall is a great time to do it. Landscaping not only helps with your energy bills, it also enhances the overall beauty and value of your property.
As trees transpire during the day, they serve as an evaporative coolant. Therefore, trees, shrubs and other plants affect solar radiation more than structural devices, such as awnings. Shade trees significantly reduce air temperatures indoors and outdoors in the summer as trees intercept and absorb the sun’s heat while transpiring, and thus lowering immediate air temperatures.
Before you begin planting, you should take a few things into consideration. First, spend some time outdoors. Take note of how the sun falls across your property at different times of the day. We all know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, but did you know that it rises more from the northeast during the summer solstice and the southeast during the winter solstice? So, keep this in mind as you decide how and what to plant for which season.
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By James Cummins