A pretty backyard can only go so far. Many experts have
proven that energy efficient
landscaping that takes into consideration energy
needs, may well save a family more then 30% of their
usual heat or cooling costs - either in the winter or
summer. These savings could tangibly translate to almost $250
worth of savings in a year.
So how does one accomplish energy efficient landscaping? There
are various things that can be considered in both existing and
What About the
One of the key considerations in energy efficient landscaping
includes the various weather conditions that prevail in the
area. This means taking into consideration where the sun shines
and what path the sunlight takes. A house's walls and
foundations, when hit directly by the sun, will absorb almost
90% of the sun's heat, thereby increasing the burden on the
air-conditioning or cooling system to keep the house cool.
Plant large, deciduous trees and evergreens on the south-west
side of your home this will create a natural shade landscaping
design and a wall of protection from the sun's pounding rays.
The deciduous trees will lose their leaves in the winter
allowing the sun's warming rays to heat your home.
You will also want the warm rays of the sun to heat the
hardscape surrounding your home this will also increase the
heat levels inside the home.
Create A Wind
One of the primary contributors to lowering home temperatures
is the wind that blows through the house. Especially in the
winter, this wind is particularly sinister as the wind chill is
much colder than the normal atmospheric temperature in the
Plants that serve as effective windbreaks include evergreens or
trees in general. In fact, even fences placed in strategic
locations can serve as windbreaks.
Keeping Your Home Cool or
One of the most important ways comfortable home temperatures
can be achieved is by making sure the attic, walls, windows and
doors are properly insulated. Having double pained windows and
gaskets around openings such as vents can also help. By keeping
up on home maintenance this will help decrease the possibility
of giving away valuable warm or cool air.
Another way to help is through your energy effecient
landscaping with thick shrubbery close to the home creating a
natural barrier. This barrier should be close but leave a small
space between the walls and the plants creating a dead air
barrier. By communicating with your landscape architect your
intentions he will know the best distance between home and
shrubbery for this dead air barrier to be the most
The end result of your planning should be not only a
beautifully landscaped yard, but one that is also energy
efficient. Energy effiecient landscaping will save you money
and one you can enjoy for years to come.