If you're like most people, you cringe while holding the heating or cooling bill. You could think of better things to do than open that envelope to see how much of your hard-earned money the utility company wants. But if you step outside to scream when you open it, look around to see if you have the right trees and shrubs planted in the right areas. This guide explains how the trees, or lack thereof, can help you reduce your monthly heating and cooling costs.
Summer Energy Bills
As the sun beats down on your humble abode, it heats up your home. Sometimes, it might feel as if you can't cool some rooms in your home no matter how low you set the air conditioner. What's more is that running your air conditioner constantly creates a huge bill that your bank account will dislike.
Shady trees planted near your home on both the south and west sides prevent the sun from beating down too much. As you can see, it's not just about having trees planted, it's about having them planted in the right place.
Not only do shady trees keep much of the heat off the exterior walls of your home, they also offer another cooling process called "evapotranspiration." Because trees soak up the water from the ground, they release water vapor into the air. The vapor creates a cooling effect to anything that's around the trees, including your home.
Winter Energy Bills
If trees and shrubs on the south and west sides of your home cools it a little, then it makes sense that trees and shrubs on the north and east sides will warm it up. The placement of trees has everything to do with the wind. The cold northern winds in the winter can make the exterior walls of your home cold. In an effort to warm up, the walls draw out the heat from your home.
Ask your landscaper which trees are best to plant in these areas of your home. But stick with the evergreen variety as much as possible. Large trees that shed their leaves in the fall won't be of much help when those cold winds from the north and east blow.
When choosing shrubs, make sure they are bulky. They don't have to be tall shrubs, although they do help. Low-growth shrubs surround the foundation of your home, preventing the concrete from getting cold and staying that way.
While you'll never see an electric bill where you owe nothing unless you go off the grid completely, strategically planting trees and shrubs can help save you some money. Ask your landscape design expert for other energy-saving ideas that you can incorporate outside the home.Share