Save on Energy Bills With Smart Landscaping
How would you like to save money on your home energy bills every month? Well, all you need to do is get smart when it comes to your landscaping.
Strategically and shrubs can save you up to 25 percent in energy bills by reducing air conditioning and fuel costs all year-round. And if you’re looking to sell, that smart landscaping can also add significant value to your home.
Landscapers say properly placing a windbreak saves your home from the cold in the winter months and provides much-needed shade in the hot summers. According to HouseLogic.com, which is a real estate and home improvement site run by the National Association of Realtors, trees can also add an average of 10 percent to your home’s value. Of course your landscaping also adds some nice curb appeal to your home, which adds a nice ambiance to your neighborhood and gives a good first impression to potential buyers.
Below are a few things to consider when planting trees:
- Plant deciduous trees on the west side of a house to provide cooling shade in the summer and warming daylight in the winter they lose their leaves.
- Plant evergreens on the north side of your home to block icy winter winds.
- Think about the tree’s full-grown size and shape before you dig.
- Contact your local utilities before you dig.
- Plant below power lines. Falling trees and branches can cause power outages.
- Plant too close to your home’s foundation. Roots can damage the foundation or block sewer lines.
If you’re looking to do all the planting yourself, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to plant a tree.
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This local update courtesy of your Greenwood Community Expert.