Reduce Energy Use and Costs with Strategic Landscaping
Friday, July 10, 2015
Though heating and air conditioning
are our game, it’s equally important to us at Crane that you’re able to save energy,
which means also saving on energy costs. With undependable weather, humidity
worse than dry heat, and temperatures easily reaching the 100s in the summer, turning
on the air conditioning at full blast can certainly be tempting. But, one way
to reduce energy use and costs is by
landscaping with trees.
A simple phrase that may have you
wondering what trees have to do with air conditioning and energy costs, we persuade
you to think of it with this in mind: shade. From a young age, almost everyone
knows that it’s cooler in the shade than in the sun. It’s the same when landscaping
for shade by using mature trees to shade a home. In fact, the U.S. Department
of Energy states that a well-planned landscape, which uses strategic
landscaping from tree placement, can reduce an unshaded home’s air
conditioning costs by 15-50 percent. While air conditioning is important to the Crane team, saving up
to 50 percent on one bill is not only a great way to reduce energy use, but
it’s also a great way to save money (Anyone interested heading to the beach
this summer rather than a stay-cation?).
However, it depends on what type of tree you plant while landscaping
for shade to reap in the benefits of cutting energy costs. Both deciduous and
evergreen trees can be used in strategic landscaping and both varieties have
mature trees that provide ample amounts of shade for a home.
So how do you determine which type
of tree is best to use when landscaping for shade for your own home? The
Department of Energy helps answer that question with a few pointers, outlined
trees block out heat and rays from the sun during summer, but they let in sunlight during winter
months. Good for those who are looking for a happy medium.
deciduous trees to the south of your home. These trees will block 70 to 90
percent of the hot summer sun but still allow breezes to reach your home when
planted to the south.
For a young
deciduous tree, plant a six- to eight-foot-tall tree near your home, and it will
shade windows within the first year. After the first year, it depends on the
species, but many will shade the entire roof of a home within five to 10 years.
trees and shrubs provide continuous shade all year round. (In case you
aren’t familiar with evergreens, this is because they never lose their leaves.)
These plants are perfect for those who live in hot or arid regions of the country.
evergreen trees with crowns close to the ground and to the west of a home
to take advantage of a tree that will shade a home from the afternoon sun and
its low angles.
shrubbery, bushes, and climbing vines that have a trellis in your backyard.
These plants may not be trees, but using them for strategic landscaping can
definitely provide shade to a patio or deck!
To reduce energy use, but keep your
home cool during the hottest parts of the year is simple when landscaping for
shade. Depending on what type of tree you plant, however, it may be a few
seasons before you notice every benefit
strategic landscaping has to offer. But we’ll leave you with one last pointer
before you jot down to the local nursery inquiring about deciduous or evergreen
trees: to direct cooling winds toward your home in summer, plant trees on
either side of the house.
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