Landscaping is an essential outdoor activity for most people. What if we told you that landscaping could help improve your energy costs? By making some adjustments to the landscaping around your home, it’s quite possible to improve your monthly energy bills. Here are some great ways that you can use your landscaping to help shrink that monthly energy bill.
#1: Try Strategically Planting Your Trees
The most common way to diminish energy consumption throughout your home is to block the sun—doing this will keep the temperature in your home low. If you plant trees in different places in your yard that will help block out the sun, this will help keep out heat from getting into your home. You can save up to 25% in cost on your monthly energy bills by doing this, which saves you anywhere between $100-$250 dollars a year on your energy bill.
#2 – Keep Your A/C Unit Covered
Another simple way to improve your energy bill is by making sure that your air conditioner isn’t directly in the sun all day. It may seem like a good idea to leave open some windows, but if you were to keep your A/C unit out of the sun for at least two hours, you could already save about 15% on your energy bill each month. However, there can be a possible downfall. If you use landscaping—like an Oak tree— to keep the sun away from your air conditioner, it’s possible that leaves and debris may cover your unit—this is why leaving windows open is a bad idea. If this happens, it’s important that you clean off your air conditioning unit because leaves can easily get caught in your filtration system, which prevents your unit to “breathe”.
Our point? Covering your air conditioner will lower your monthly energy bill, but just make sure to frequently check your unit for leaves and debris.
#3: Invest in Windbreaks to Keep Out Hot Air
Save some energy costs by installing some windbreaks—fences, rock walls, etc.— into either the side of your house or in your backyard. Installing windbreaks will refract hot, circulating air from hitting your doors, windows, or other entryways. By doing this, you keep warm air from entering your home through tiny cracks, and you lower your monthly energy bill by 25%.