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How Your Landscaping Affects Energy Efficiency

More goes into your home's temperature than you realize. Outside air temperature, sunshine and air leaks can all impact how hot or cold your house is.

Your landscaping also has an effect on the temperature of your home. If you don't have enough trees and bushes planted around your house, you may be spending more on cooling than necessary.


Let's take a closer look at how your landscaping affects energy efficiency:

Focus on the south and west sides. "Trees planted within 40 feet of the south side or within 60 feet of the west side of the house will generate about the same amount of energy saving," reports Live Science. That's because the shadows fall perfectly throughout the day. Conversely, trees placed on the east side of a house has no impact on electricity usage.

Shade your air conditioner. Keep your AC cooler and running more efficiently by planting trees around it. However, don't get too close, as overcrowding can lead to a slew of other problems.

Don't forget about winter energy costs. Planting trees can help cut down on your fuel consumption, too. "Trees, fences, or geographical features can be used as windbreaks to shield your house from the wind," advises the U.S. Department of Energy. In fact, windbreaks to the north, west and east of your home could cut fuel consumption by up to 40 percent.

Landscaping affects energy efficiency in a number of ways. To learn more, reach out to Rusk Heating & Cooling at one of the following numbers:

Greater Cincinnati: 513-771-4040
Indiana: 812-926-3939
Northern Kentucky: (859) 405-0414

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