July 27, 2011 Off

Use Your Landscaping to Keep Your Bills Down

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Landscaping doesn’t have to be solely for aesthetic appeal. You home’s landscaping can also be used to provide your home with shade, which inherently allows your air conditioning system to ease up a bit during the hot summer months.

Using shade and taking advantage of the process of evapotranspiration, which is the way a plant actively transports and releases water vapor, you can actually reduce the temperature surrounding the landscaping by up to 9°F Fahrenheit and even up to 25°F underneath the tree (because cooler air settles near the ground).

To efficiently utilize the shade, many factors come into play: namely size, location and shape of the shadow produced as it is moving. This isn’t always the easiest thing to figure out, but it can be done.

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Depending on your homes specific needs, you can select trees with specific shapes, sizes and density to work best for your home. Accordingly, you can also use different types of trees to block heat during the summer, but also allow more sunlight through during the winter. Or, you can simply use trees that allow year-round protection.

Though for full coverage, it can take years for trees to get tall enough to effectively shade the whole home, including the roof, a deciduous tree between 6 and 8 feet tall will be able to shade windows (a very large source of external heat) within the first year.

There are all sorts of ways to help reduce the amount of heat being allowed into your home. Contact Landscaper Greenville for more information about using shade to reduce electric bills.

Written by Rich Regan - Blue Dot Landscaping - Visit Website

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