Thursday, April 4, 2013

Landscaping Your Yard May Reduce Your Energy Cost

By landscaping your yard, not only are you creating a useful outdoor space while enhancing your home's appearance, landscaping can also assist in keeping your indoors comfortable while reducing your energy cost. Through the thoughtful selection and placement of vines, trees, and shrubs you will begin using less energy and start saving money on your utility bills.

Despite having a properly insulated home, a great amount of unwanted heat in the home can result from sunlight beaming through the windows. Additional heat can also be a byproduct of sunlight absorbed by the roof. There are many types of trees that effectively block the sun from your home. Furthermore, small trees and shrubs placed close to your home's foundation will provide shade as well as added insulation.

Your landscaping can also provide a cooler outdoor area for you and your family to enjoy. By providing shade, especially in paved areas, you'll prevent those surfaces from absorbing heat throughout the day and emitting it during the evening and night.

Landscaping can provide shade for your vehicle where there previously may have been none. People in the Midwest may have to preheat their cars, but those of us in the Southwest have to wait for our cars to cool down before we can even sit in our seats. Imagine being able to easily sit in your car during the summer and actually being able to grasp the steering wheel. Besides that, you will be preserving the life of your vehicle's interior by not exposing it to our hot Houston sun day in and out.

Help prevent your neighborhood from becoming an "urban heat island" by planting trees and other landscaping. To plan your energy efficient landscape, contact Houston area Laird Landscaping at 281.578.2795.

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