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Strategic Landscaping for Household Energy Conservation
Saturday, 30 April 2016, 02:35:00 PM
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When you own a single-family home, there is normally some acreage dedicated to the exterior. From patios to wide-open lawns, your home's exterior plays a huge role in its curb appeal when you're attempting to sell it. However, you should still pay careful attention to your exterior even when you aren't selling in the near future. Add strategic plants to your yard in order to improve the home's overall energy consumption levels. It's possible to keep the home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with the right plants just outside the door.


Evergreen on the West and East Sides
Every home has a slightly different orientation to the sun. Your windows might overlook the morning sunrise, which creates a hot interior before breakfast is served. In contrast, you may have the setting sun striking the west side of your home. To combat these hot conditions, you can add evergreen trees or bushes to either the west or east sides of your property. The sunrise or sunset light can filter through the branches, and your home will remain cooler during the warmer seasons. 

Deciduous Trees for Southerly Property Edge
An ingenious way to both warm and cool your home without an expensive HVAC system is through the use of deciduous trees on the property's south side. As fruittreespring and summer arrive, the trees are full of leaves that shade your home from blistering heat. You won't turn the air conditioner on as much with trees cooling the home with their natural coverage. With fall and winter approaching, the leaves die off and allow sunlight to warm your home at its low, seasonal angle. The furnace will only be used on those especially cold, winter days.

Blocking Northerly Winds
Canada is known for its Arctic winds that drop down from the north. These winds strike your home with all of their fury and cool the interior off in little time. Consider evergreen bushes on the north side of your property. As the winds strike the dense foliage, they're redirected up into the atmosphere. In fact, they may not strike the home at all. Although the outside temperatures may still be cold, you won't have the added wind chill factor to contend with as winter continues on.

Grassy Area Benefits
If you've ever lived in the city, you understand that paved roads surrounding concrete buildings generate an urban-heat pattern. You don't want that added heat around your property by keeping it plant-free. If you have a lawn, take good care of it because it's reducing your heating and air-conditioning costs. The grass blades are tiny shades that cool the ground. The hottest days aren't as warm when you have grass surrounding your home. Consider some professional lawn care appointments if your grass is suffering from any browning or thinning issues.

Considering Fruit Trees 
Planting trees in the right location is the best way to improve your home's energy use, but you can also reduce your carbon footprint by growing your own food. Add your favorite fruit trees to the yard. Apples, cherries and other trees appreciate the Canadian climate. Once they're established, you'll have a tree that gives fruit nearly every year. When you want to sell your home, these food sources are perfect features for possible buyers.

Before you settle on any new tree or bush, read about their growing habits. Some root systems can be very aggressive so they shouldn't be planted near your home's foundation. Match the plant to a perfect yard location, and you'll have a beautiful exterior that also doubles as a functional household tool.

 


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