Using the proper landscaping can help you reduce the amount of energy consumed in your home by up to 25%. Check out these landscaping tips:
- Plant large shade trees on the southwest corner of your house. This is a great way to keep your home cool during hot summer months.
- Use evergreen trees and shrubs as windbreaks. Plant them along the north and west sides of your property to help block harsh winter winds.
- Increase the efficiency of your air conditioner by 10% by using small trees or shrubs to shade the unit. Make sure the trees and shrubs are not too close to the unit, otherwise the airflow may be restricted.
- Planting shrubs around your foundation with a 1-foot gap when plants are mature creates an insulating layer that reduces heat loss.
Find more tips on landscaping for energy efficiency by requesting our brochure
, or check out the related links provided by the University of Missouri Extension