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Reduce Energy Use and Costs with Strategic Landscaping
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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 below:

·      Deciduous 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.

·      Plant 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.

·      Evergreen 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.

·      Plant 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.

·      Plant 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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