How Quality Landscaping May Lead to Energy and Cost Savings

BY Kristen Fowler | Wed Sep 20, 2017
How Quality Landscaping May Lead to Energy and Cost Savings

Even the most responsible property owners may be skittish about hiring a landscaper to improve the exterior of a home. Homeowners often choose to go the do-it-yourself path and handle the various jobs themselves. Moving the lawn and trimming hedges never seem to be too difficult. Even if a professional landscaping job would be better, the costs of hiring a pro might put property owners off.

That’s only because they haven’t looked at the total costs saved with quality landscaping work. The beautification benefits can be enormous. Most are well aware of how exceptional landscaping makes a home stand out in a neighborhood. They might not be aware of how landscaping saves not only money, but also energy. The cost-conscious and eco-friendly might wish to look closer at the benefits of quality landscaping.

Shade Keeps Heat Down

Air conditioning comes with expensive electrical bills, but who wants to live in a hot house? Rolling down the shades keeps the sun out helps keep those bills down. The sun can heat up an interior quickly. Anything that blocks the sun contributes to a cooling system performing less work. Shades and blinds on windows may not be enough, though. Maybe some added shade from the outside would be a great help. Trees and branches deliver strategic shade, but only when they have been shaped to do so.

Homeowners may be able to cut off branches, but can they properly shape the cutting? Quality landscaping experts can trim trees and cut branches so everything looks nice and provides desirable shade.

The added shade cuts down on excess heat and sunlight entering the interior, which does keep down energy bills. Excess sunlight can also degrade furniture, wallpaper, and more so the increased shade will help protect your furniture as well.

Redirecting the Breeze towards the Home

Just as sunlight might be somewhat controlled by great landscaping, so can the wind. Cutting and shaping the landscaping around a home could even redirect breezes in a beneficial manner. After all, cool air hitting hot bricks or shingles assists with lowering temperatures. No, the decline in degrees won’t be tremendous. Still, lowering the number a little bit helps. If the interior of a home is 88 degrees, a lot of energy is required for central air to bring the temperature down to 60. Less energy expenditure is required when the temperature logs 84 degrees.

Several months of consistently lowered temperatures means less energy ends up tapped to cool a home. By the time the fall season’s temperatures eliminate the need for central cooling, a lot of money will have been saved from the lowered bills.

Winterizing a Home with Effective Landscaping

Just as landscaping work can be performed to address heat, similar work could be used to deal with the cold weather. Simply tweaking the hot weather landscaping work may be all that is necessary to get the preferred results. Frigid cold winds hitting a home in the dead of winter won’t exactly help with comfort or costs. Altering the landscape to direct the wind away from a home would be a good plan. Getting a little extra sunlight in order to heat up the roof and walls would be beneficial as well.

Find The Best Landscaper

When seeking quality landscaping, it is best to make sure the person hired understands how to deliver on the results you want. A landscaper who understands beautification and beautification only will only be able to make the exterior of the home look nice. There’s nothing wrong with such a landscaper’s work, but it won’t help those who are also seeking energy and money savings.

Hiring a landscaper trained in energy efficiency maximizes the chances of keeping a home at the best temperature during the winter and summer.

Guest Author Bio: Sophia Belnap is a freelance writer. She recommends Blue Haven for the best pool designs in Henderson.

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