Trees, shrubs, and landscaping elements can help you save money in your Carrollton, Georgia, home. If you are thinking about doing some major yard work this season, make the most of it and take advantage of smart landscaping design for some energy saving benefits.
How Trees Help You Save Energy
By blocking sunlight, trees help to keep your home cool. The cooler your home, the less work your AC will have to do. Factors such as the amount of insulation can help to reduce the level of heat gain. But overall, less will be required of your cooling system if your home is well-shaded. When you don’t need to reduce the thermostat setting and when the AC cycles on less frequently, you save more.
What to Plant
You will be able to find mid-sized trees in your local nursery, but otherwise, you will have to wait a while to reap the benefits of your planting efforts. There are some relatively fast-growing plants that will allow you to start getting benefits in around five years. What works will depend on the kind of soil in your area.
Maple trees are pretty popular in our region. “Green Vase” Zelkova is another good option. Consult an expert for the best type of tree for your area. The right trees will provide year-round benefits. When the trees shed in the fall, they will allow sunlight through to help warm your home.
Where to Plant
Planting trees near windows can help to block the amount of sunlight that streams through glass panes. Even in a casual drive around your neighborhood you will notice that yards with a lot of trees have a lot of shade. Strategically placed, these trees can effectively reduce the amount of sunlight reaching your home.
It is a good idea to incorporate landscaping design with a new home construction. For more ways to save energy and increase air conditioning efficiency, contact the experts at Merrell & Associates, Inc. today. Call us at 770-872-4171 to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment.