Have you ever considered what kind of tree to plant in your lawn to reduce your energy costs the most?
Should you go with a deciduous tree, or an evergreen? What’s the difference between the two?
Find out with these tips:
- Deciduous Versus Evergreen: Which Saves More?
Let’s start with the first question asked above. A deciduous tree is one that loses its leaves during the winter. An evergreen stays green all year round, regardless of temperature.
So if you plant a maple tree, that blocks the sun during warmer months, which reduces your cooling bills. But it loses its leaves in the winter, so the sun hits your home, warms it, and continues reducing costs. These trees grow slow, and get tall, so make sure you research and learn how to plant them first.
Evergreens work better as “windbreaks”, according to Energy.gov. Trees that break the flow of the wind lower the wind chill near your house, and also provide insulation during the summer and winter.
- Use Grass That Requires Little Water
Not all types of grass need the same amount of water – some use less than others. Not only does that save energy, but it reduces the amount of work you have to do too.
Zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine, Buffalo, Bahia, and Fescues are 6 potential types of grass that you might use to reduce your water costs. Talk with a lawn maintenance professional to make the best decision for your needs.
- A Few Other Water-Saving Tips
First, cut your grass off at taller heights. When grass is longer, the blades shade each other, which helps your grass keep more water. You should also use mulch where possible to minimize evaporation, but also to stop weeds from growing, which could consume more water.
You should also water early in the morning, before the sun rises high. That also reduces the effects of evaporation.
- How to Plant Deciduous Trees
With these trees, Energy.gov says you should have a 6-8 foot tree planted near your home. You’ll have your windows shaded, and you’ll start saving energy in the first year. They estimate it takes 5-10 years to start shading your roof.
With trees you use to break the wind, the distance between your home and those trees should be 2-5x the height of the mature tree. Double-check with the company you buy your tree from for specific recommendations.
Even Your Landscaping Makes a Difference in Energy Costs
And you’ll improve your home’s “curb appeal” too, if you’re thinking about selling in the next few years!