Energy-smart landscaping for your garden
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Where you place fences, plants and other garden elements can impact the amount of energy that your home uses.
Strategic placement of trees and plants can provide an essential sun shield that reduces the amount of cooling your home needs in the summer months.
This not only shades your home but also reduces the ground temperature around your house.
When planting trees, choose deciduous trees with a wide canopy and plant them on the side of your home that gets the most sun. This will shade the house in winter but let the sun in during the winter months.
Plants can be a great insulator for your home. By planting vines on the outside of the walls and around windows, this can help further insulate walls.
The space left between the wall and vine in summer can help reduce the amount of summer heat absorbed by the walls of your house and reduces the amount of heat lost from your walls in winter.
Planting rows of evergreen trees in an appropriate location can provide a windbreak for your home from cold winter winds.
Strategically placed rows of trees can also help deflect desirable cooler winds in summer into your home.
Fencing can also provide a windbreak for a house affected – or those houses that are likely to be affected – by cool winter winds.
If you’re designing your garden or considering how you can minimise the energy efficiency of your home, consider these smart landscaping tips, and help reduce the longer term energy costs of your home.
What about you – how do you use your garden to reduce your household energy costs?
David from AP&G offers simple tips to help plan for their energy needs, including tips on energy efficiency, savings and green energy tips.
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