Energy Saving at Home

Landscaping

As you embark on implementing your energy saving at home plans, make sure you include landscaping. Where you plant trees and shrubs, and the types of plants you use, can have a definite affect on your overall energy saving at home, and your energy bills.

Energy Saving Tip # 57

Plant trees to shade your home in the summer and let sunlight in during the winter. Usually, when you plant new trees, they will begin offering shade in a year or two.  It will take 5 – 10 years or more to gain shade for more of the house.

Energy Saving Tip # 58

Bushes, shrubs, and vines planted next to your house will create dead air spaces that trap air to provide insulation – like thermal underwear – against the cold of winter and warmth of summer. You should leave about 1 foot or so (30cm) between the mature plants and the wall for best insulating properties.

Energy Saving Tip # 59

Plant dense trees and shrubbery on the windward side of your home to protect against prevailing winds during the colder months.