Landscaping is a natural and beautiful way to remain your home more comfortable and decrease your energy bills. Further to adding aesthetic value and environmental quality to your home, a well-placed tree, shrub, or vine could deliver effective shade; act as a windbreak, and decrease whole energy bills.
Carefully positioned trees could save up to 25% of a classical household's energy for heating and cooling. During the summer months, the most effectual way to keep your home cool is to prevent the heat from building up in the first place. A basic source of heat build-up is sunlight absorbed through your home's roof, walls, and windows. Dark-coloured home exteriors absorb 70% to 90% of the radiant energy from the Sun which strikes the home's surfaces.
Some of this absorbed energy is then transferred into the house through way of conduction, resulting in heat gain inside it. In contrast, light-coloured surfaces effectively reflect most of the heat away from your home.
Landscaping could also help block and absorb the Sun's energy to help decrease heat build-up in your home through providing shade and evaporative cooling.