Whether you use solar energy panels on your rooftop or have simply chosen to conserve energy by watching your thermostat, you can support your green energy efforts through landscaping outside your home. Use the suggestions below to incorporate green energy friendly landscaping ideas into your plan for your garden.
Look into types of plants for landscaping that reduce energy usage. These plantings are based on your home’s positioning in terms of facing north, south, east or west and whether your home already uses green technology such as solar panels on rooftops.
If you haven’t incorporated the use of solar panels on your rooftop, determine whether you believe you’ll want to incorporate this technology before purchasing landscaping in order to prevent having to redo your landscaping after solar panels on your roof. Trees used to support green energy efforts can interfere with the performance of solar panels.
Understand seasonal goals of landscaping such as maximizing shade during the summer to help keep your home cool or maximizing sunlight in the winter to keep your home warm. You’ll also consider plants that support wind reaching your home for cooling or plantings that block winds to help keep your home warm.
You should use shade trees that can reduce your summer cooling expenses by keeping sunlight from beating through windows or your roof as an important part of green energy landscaping. Shade trees that effectively reduce cooling costs and reduce heating costs are those that block sunlight during the summer but let it in during the winter. You’ll use trees that lose their leaves, deciduous trees, to support your green energy policies because during summer months their leaves will help shade your home and by dropping their leaves in the winter they will allow sunlight to warm your home.
You should vary the heights of landscape plantings to support green energy. Just as the sunlight moves during the day from rising to setting, you’ll want to gain the benefits of planting deciduous trees of different heights that will help block the sun’s rays during warmer months wherever the sun is in the sky.
Use shrubs around the base of your home to help insulate your home with shade during the summer and prevent cooling from snowdrift collections during the winter. You can use vines on walls outside your home to prevent direct sunlight from beating into your home.
You should research additional considerations about your plantings including the width of a tree’s bark which can impact your cooling and warming goals because of shadows that will fall in certain places at different times of day, as well as pests that might be bothersome with certain plantings.
If you live in an area where you get significant cold weather, consider planting several rows of evergreen trees or shrubs that can prevent the full strength of cold winds from reaching your home while through spacing can allow cool breezes to reach your home during warmer months.
Landscaping can support your green energy efforts by helping you to conserve your energy use for both cooling and heating your home. Use the suggestions above if you decide to consider green energy goals when you landscape.