Landscaping for energy
Landscaping is a good way to keep energy costs down. Planning landscapes that keep the sun away from the east and west walls reduces the amount of heat flow into the house. When heat is transferred into the home, your AC has to operate longer and harder, thus using more energy. Plants and trees that cast shadows over the east and west walls can reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 20°F in the summer!
A good way to start the landscape planning process is to make
a bird's eye drawing of your home. Mark east and
west directions on your plan and include all and any existing trees and/or shrubs. This will help you
decide where to plant the appropriate vegetation. Here are a few tips
to keep in mind during the planning process: