Landscaping the proper way can save you money on your heating and water bill. Here’s how to do it:
When it comes to energy savings, most people consider the thing they can do to improve efficiency inside the home. In reality, your outdoors provide the opportunity for significant savings as well and when it comes down to a few landscaping decisions, you can earn money year-after-year with just a few decision today. Here are multiple ways to become more efficient with your landscaping decisions without having to hire a contractor or professional.
Plant deciduous trees near your home
Money may not grow on trees but your energy savings can certainly rise as your seedlings sprout. Deciduous trees are especially good. During the summer time, deciduous trees provide protection to your house by blocking sun rays, which keeps the temperature inside low. During the fall, the deciduous tree loses its leaves. The loss of leaves provides a clear path for the sun to heat your home during the colder seasons. During the spring, the leaves grow back, and start saving you money again. When planting these trees, you want it to face the northwest-to-southwest and northeast-to-southeast sides of your home for maximum efficiency. Planting these trees in the correct direction can block 70 to 90 percent of the sun.
Choose native plants
Location, location, location – don’t ignore where you live when it comes to what you plant. Native plants to your area require less water to maintain. According to the Consumer Energy Center, when you are deciding on flowers, pick perennials over annuals, because perennials typically require less water. By choosing a variety of perennials, you can stagger bloom cycles, ensuring that you always have a variety of colors. Perennials also require less pruning maintenance than annuals, so you’ll also save time in the long run.
Aerate your soil
One of the best ways to save water is to aerate your lawn. Aerating your lawn makes sure the water flows straight to the roots which require less water for the grass to grow healthier and greener. It’s easy to do and creates the most efficient and beautiful lawn.