Landscaping with natural shade helps to harness the flip side of that to achieve cooling. At the same time, you’re planning landscaping projects to beautify your land. Here are some ways to cut your air-conditioning costs and cool your house:
- Use shade trees to protect the south and west walls of your home to reduce heat gain from direct sun. They’ll take some years to grow, but it’s one of the best investments you can make for your land. When they’re mature they’ll drop the temperature underneath by as much as 10 degrees. Strategic planting of shade trees can reduce energy costs by as much as 25 percent.
- For instant shade, consider freestanding plants or dense plants in large containers placed three to four feet (for ventilation) in front of the west or south walls. Our Plant Care Guide can help you choose shade plants by height. Shade vines grow quickly and will cover and cool your walls in a few months.