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Landscaping Affects Energy Savings: Don’t Let the Planting Season Pass You By

Posted on: September 1, 2011

As summer draws to a close, don’t forget that planting season is just around the corner here in the Charlotte area. With proper planning, this fall’s landscaping project could be the key to cashing in on year-round energy savings. Consider these tips:

  • Plant trees and shrubs to help shade your home during the summer and reduce cooling costs. You can also channel summer breezes toward your home.
  • To maximize summertime roof shading, plant trees with high, spreading leaves and branches to the south of your home.
  • Deciduous trees are ideal for blocking the heat of the sun in the summer but let much of it in during the winter, when it can be beneficial to your energy savings.
  • Block heavy winds in the winter using dense evergreen trees or shrubs.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, landscaping for energy efficiency often provides enough energy savings to return an initial investment within 5-10 years. Consider how quickly this year’s planting can affect your energy savings:

  • One 6-8 foot deciduous tree planted near your home will begin shading windows the first year.
  • The tree will fully shade the roof in just 5–10 years.
  • If you have an air conditioner, shading the unit can increase its efficiency by as much as 10 percent.

Prepare now to take advantage of planting factors that can aid in energy efficiency this fall. And remember, no one knows more about heating, ventilation and air conditioning in North Carolina than Acosta Heating and Cooling. Contact us for expert advice. We also offer pre-season tuneups and are happy to help answer any questions you may have about landscaping for energy efficiency.