Home Energy Hack: Have It Made in the Shade with These Landscaping Tips
It’s never too early to start planning your summer landscaping projects — especially if they’re designed to help you save money. While planting trees in your yard is a great way to add beauty, it can also help keep your home cool during hot summer months.
Place Your Roots with Care
If you’re thinking about adding a few trees into the mix, the south and west sides of your home are great for shade and wind protection, but trees can really function well in any spot. This will help block out the sun — whether it’s the hazy midday heat or early morning light — and give your home plenty of extra shade during summer. And definitely pick the trees with a dense canopy, too, like a black oak or walnut.
But be sure to be thoughtful about where you’re placing your trees. Shading your home is great, but there are other things to consider too, such as whether the tree’s roots will interfere with power lines, plumbing, or other vital parts of your house.
Don’t Shrug at Shrubs
You might be eyeing the big trees for full shade and coverage, but smaller trees and shrubs are great, too. They are perfect for sheltering outdoor air conditioning units that are exposed to the hot summer sun. They can even offer a lovely alternative view — just make sure there’s enough room around the unit for air flow. If you’re concerned about aesthetics, the variety in size of your plant life will add some variety to your landscape, and make your house even more attractive.
One Last Thing Before You Dig
No matter what your plans are for your landscaping projects, identifying all underground utility lines is essential before you start to dig. It’ll help answer questions about where to plant things but will also keep you safe. Contact your local electric cooperative before you put your roots down. Not sure about who to call? CALL811 will keep you safely away from your utility lines.
Landscaping can take a lot of work, but it’s worth it to save money on air conditioning in the summer and protect your home from the frigid winter wind. And this isn’t the only way to save money. Your local Energy Advisor can help look for ways to keep your money in your pocket all year round. To learn more, contact us today.