Landscaping can be a way to revitalize your property and improve your relationship with your space, but an aspect you might not be aware of is landscape planning for energy efficiency. It may sound like a non-sequitur, but strategically planting trees around your Kansas City home can dramatically cut your energy consumption during the hot summer months.
Here’s how it works: if you plant deciduous trees to the south and west of your home, they’ll shade your home and prevent excess heat from the sun from making its way into your house. Not only will the trees block the sun, resulting in lower air-conditioning costs, but green leaves actually reduce air temperature around them, resulting in a more pleasant property overall.
In winter, when you want the sun to get through and warm your house, decreasing heating costs, the leaves will be gone, letting the sunlight shine through.These gains are so significant that the US Department of Energy estimates that a household can save up to 25 percent on their energy use by planting trees on their property.
If you’d like to learn more or have any questions, Hermes Landscaping can help with your landscape planning.