At Eveld*Tatman Air Conditioning, we know that you want to save as much money as possible, and this is why we have gathered some money saving tips you can read about here. Additionally, we would like to explain how landscaping can save you money on energy bills.
Several studies indicate that the proper placement of trees, shrubs and other landscaping features are long-term investments that can help reduce energy consumption significantly, and therefore energy costs. Landscaping helps lower your energy expenses in two primary ways:
The temperature in the shade underneath a tree can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the temperature of the air above roofs and blacktop asphalt. This difference in temperature means that if you can place trees in the proper places around your home, the shade they provide can reduce the temperature of your home. When you limit your home’s exposure to direct, warm sunlight, you displace some of the need to run your air conditioner.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has estimated that the careful placement of landscaping features on your property can cut your cooling energy needs in half. The DOE projects that strategically planting three trees around your home can save an average of between $100 and $200 annually.
Evapotranspiration is the process by which plants release water as they absorb heat. Dark-colored paved surfaces absorb heat from the sun and emit it back towards nearby buildings, increasing the temperature of the buildings. Concrete and other lightly-colored pavement will reflect sunlight and heat on to neighboring structures, causing a similar increase in temperature. In contrast, sunlight that collides with foliage and vegetation is dissipated through the plant’s natural process of evapotranspiration.
Where to Place Your Landscaping Features
Make sure to check with your local municipality to see if there are restrictions on the height or species of tree that you may plant on your property. Additionally, be aware of any power lines or other obstructions that could cause difficulties with your planting locations. Ideally, trees should be planted 20-25 feet from your home, shrubs should be placed one to three feet from your foundation and leave space to ventilate air conditioners and vents. Landscaping elements should be planted to block sunlight during peak sunlight hours on the east and west sides of your home.