From gardens to trees, the front yard gives a home character and makes it unique. But did you also know that you can put that landscaping to good use? By strategically planting trees on the side(s) of your house that gets the most sun, you can save money and help the environment.
Increasing the amount of shade on your house by 50% can lower your electricity bill up to $20 per month. The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, an organization which focuses on the education and conservation of trees.
Where to plant trees to save the most money.
How to save money on cooling my house:
- Plant trees near your air conditioner to shade it. This keeps your AC unit cool, helping it to run more efficiently.
- Shade the driveway, sidewalks and any other pavement so you can reduce the amount of heat reflected onto your home.
How to save money on heating costs:
- Plant evergreen trees in a straight line, close together on the north, northwest, or west side of your home to create a windbreak to reduce heating costs by up to 10% in the winter.
One neat way to save money on both cooling and heating costs is to plant deciduous trees that cover your house. They'll lose their leaves in the winter allowing the sun to warm your home, but will shade your house in the summer.
What kind of trees should I plant?
A crucial part of strategic landscaping is knowing what the best options for your specific yard and environment are. Use the Arbor Foundation’s Tree Benefits Calculator to figure out which trees can increase the value of your home and the Tree Wizard to find out which trees will grow best in your area.