LS-conserving-energy-and-landscaping by truth4reviews


									Beauty Meets Function: Conserving Energy and Landscaping

Trying to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer have been
primary concerns and costs for average families. After Hurricane Katrina,
the world found itself having to deal with higher energy costs in order
to meet the aforementioned concerns. After Katrina natural gas and oil
prices went on an upward spiral. What has not been popularly explored was
that landscaping is capable of conserving energy in the home.

How much energy can you really save?

By effectively arranging your landscape to meet specific energy needs,
you can save up to at least 30% in the cost of your cooling and heating.
Trees, which are a staple in properly landscaped property, can
effectively reduce 60% of sunlight even without foliage.

How does it work?

The primary consideration in landscaping in to conserve energy is to
conduct heat effectively through the property, properly direct wind
movement to manage the effects of direct wind blowing through the house,
and maintain whatever heat or cool is in the house.

These are the three goals, and these are achieved by positioning various
foliage— whether it be deciduous trees, conifer trees, evergreen plants,
shrubs or bushes.

Keeping the Heat In

Shrubs and bushes that are planted close to the wall of the   house create
what is called a dead air barrier, and actually buffers the   foundation of
the house, making sure that warm air or cold – whichever is   inside the
house - that would usually escape through roofs or windows    stays inside.

Redirecting the Sunlight

The summer sun is one of the main culprits of increasing heat inside the
home. When the sun’s rays hit the home directly, 90% of this heat goes
into heating the walls and foundations of the home. The best location for
these trees in the yard or garden is either west or south of the house,
where they can best block the sun from its peak time until the time it

By putting trees very proximate to the property, you are effectively
reducing temperatures inside the home. Huge shade trees in particular can
reduce temperatures up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the winter, deciduous trees that shed foliage allow for sunlight to
pass through the branches, providing some warmth to the home.
Landscaping is an activity that should be maximized for all its
functionality. After all, if beautifying a home garden or yard works to
cut the utility bills it is worth consideration.

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