Use this Tips to save energy in landscaping to keep your heating bills down and make your garden greener. Sitting under a shady tree on a hot day makes you feel cooler air, and standing next to a wall on a cold, windy day makes you feel warmer. It seems pretty obvious. What is less obvious is that you can landscaping your yard to provide the same benefits to your home. It just takes a little planning on the terrain, trees, fences, and other elements.
Tips on saving energy – costs and energy efficiency
Some statistics to illustrate this point of view:
– A well-positioned tree can reduce the energy required for heating and cooling by up to 25 percent.
– A yard shaded by trees can be up to 6 degrees cooler than the sunny yard. A shady lawn can be up to 25 degrees cooler than the sunny pavement.
– By shading your roof, you can increase the energy efficiency of your air conditioning system by more than 10 percent.
– A single tree providing shade equals the cooling capacity of 15 air conditioners – and it’s free!
– Wind protection can reduce heating costs by 10 to 30 percent in winter.
Tips for saving energy in the garden
Minimize heating costs by doing the following:
– Plant evergreen trees to block the cold winter winds. A row of 10 m high trees can screen a 100 m wide area. Dense wind protection can reduce wind speed by 85 percent.
Box trees close to the outside walls
– Plant near – but not against – your home to create dead air space. This space acts like an insulator and slows down the escape of heat from your home.
– Plant deciduous trees, especially on the south side of the house. They can serve as protection from the hot summer sun and still let the breeze through. Deciduous trees also let the winter sun filter through the branches when they are bare.
Tips on saving energy – house alignment
– Create open lawns on the south side of the house. These green, open spaces create a space for snow to accumulate. The reflected light from the snow and onto your house can provide a radiant heating effect.
Make effective use of the sun and shade
– Build a high fence to slow down the winter winds. It lowers heating costs, but also provides protection for less hardy plants. Half-open fences allow air movement and are very effective. Garden fences divert air over them with too much force and create an effect like a wind tunnel.
Deciduous trees and their shade
– Create areas of stone or concrete around your house, like a terrace. It can soak up the heat of the sun and reflect it during a cool evening.
Shade the roof to cool off
Maximize the efficiency of your air conditioning, by doing the following:
– Build a pergola, mount an awning or other shade-giving structure on the west side of the house. It’s an attractive way to filter light during the hottest hours of the day.
Plan the landscape around the house
– Create verandas, terraces and inner courtyards on the east side of the house. They would make an ideal place for early morning coffee. And they won’t be like afternoon sauna.
The terrace design
– Plant trees to shield your windows from direct sunlight, especially in the south and west. Deciduous trees are a great option because they block sun in hot weather but let sunlight through in cooler weather.
Small garden pond to cool off
– A water feature brings both physical and mental cooling. A large pond will noticeably cool the air throughout your landscape. A small pond or fountain can cool a smaller area.
Take the time to study the movement of the sun and wind around your home through the seasons. You will then be able to control these with plantings and structures.
Wooden pergola covered with grapevines
Stone flooring soaks up the sun
build high garden wall
Privacy and wind protection