Land­scape de­sign can save on en­ergy bills

The Hamilton Spectator - - REAL ESTATE -

of can make­less home­own­ers' Ac­cord­ingthan save En­ergy,the eight home­own­er­spro­jects land­scap­ing well-de­signedyears.to the pay The enough­for U.S. strate­giesDOE them­selves Depart­ment land­scape­sen­erg­y­notes should thatin to be live.hot, dic­tatedarid For re­gions ex­am­ple,by the should home­own­er­scli­mates em­ployin which­who land­scapes­live they in to roof, shade while their those homes' who walls,live in win­dows­cool re­gion­sand should make sure their land­scapes are not block­ing the win­ter sun from reach­ing their homes' south-fac­ing win­dows. The DOE also ad­vises that shad­ing is the most cost­ef­fec­tive way to re­duce so­lar heat gain in a home, not­ing that well-planned land­scapes can re­duce pre­vi­ously un­shaded homes' air con­di­tion­ing costs by as much as 50 per cent. The DOE also notes that, in tree­shaded neigh­bor­hoods, sum­mer day­time air tem­per­a­ture can be up to six de­grees cooler than the air tem­per­a­ture in tree­less ar­eas. Home­own­ers con­sid­er­ing adding trees to their land­scapes should know that de­cid­u­ous trees shed their leaves an­nu­ally, which means they will block so­lar heat in the sum­mer but al­low sun­light into the home in win­ter. That's ideal for home­own­ers who live in re­gions where tem­per­a­tures climb in sum­mer­time but drop con­sid­er­ably in win­ter. Home­own­ers who want year-round shade might con­sider ever­green trees and shrubs. (MCC)

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