Energy Efficient Landscape Basics and Tips

The landscape around your home can change the entire look of your property, making it more attractive to potential buyers, great first impressions for those attending a party your are hosting or even a peaceful retreat for your family to spend time together. The thought that your landscape can have an effect on being energy efficient doesn’t usually cross the mind of most homeowners. The topic of energy efficiency is usually accompanied by conversations including solar power, LED lighting and trying your best to live green. However, the landscape around your home CAN have a direct affect on your energy efficiency.

Trees Provide Cool Shaded Areas to Escape the Heat

When it is hot outside, we instinctively search out and retreat to a shaded area. If our homes could move themselves, they would probably do the same thing; to escape the direct sun shine that heats up your home so quickly. Home owners have the ability to provide their homes with shade by planting trees in the appropriate areas around their property. When the right type of trees are planted in the right places, they will help keep your home cooler during the summer and still allow sunlight through during the winter to help keep warm.

Varieties of Georgia Trees

There are many varieties of trees, shrubs, vines and ground cover that will contribute to your home becoming more energy efficient. Trees are the biggest contributor out of all other vegetation in your landscape. Neighborhoods that have a significant amount of trees can be as much as six degrees cooler in the summer time, than that of neighborhoods with fewer or no trees. If your home is not shaded by trees, you may want to consider planting a well designed landscape that includes many of them. This can reduce your energy costs by fifteen to fifty percent. Saving money by simply planting some trees in your yard not only lightens the hit on your pocket book, but it also helps keep your home cool during the summer, blocks cold winds during the winter and makes your home more attractive.

Become more energy efficient, improve the look of your home and have more enjoyable seasons by planting trees on your property. Milam’s Tree Service specializes in helping you care for your trees and keeping them in the best condition in order to improve your landscape. We can assist you in maintaining a smart landscaping plan that will help you save money on your energy costs, keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Contact Milam’s Tree Service today to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

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