A well-planned landscape design can help reduce your winter heating bills especially in the Lafayette, Colorado area. The tips from this cold weather landscape article are specifically tailored for those of us along the Front Range. Contact Dave now to help you plan and plant for effective energy conservation as well as aesthetic beauty.
Tips For Reducing Your Lafayette Colorado Property’s Energy Consumption Through Efficient Landscaping
- Place your air conditioner in the shade to reduce its energy use by up to 10 percent.
- Allow at least 3 feet of open air between the air conditioner and any shrubs or trees to ensure proper air flow to maintain system efficiency.
- Plant deciduous trees to the south, east and west of your home to reduce the impact of solar heat. Trees can reduce surrounding air temperatures by up to 9 degrees. Temperatures directly under trees can be as much as 25 degrees cooler than the air above nearby asphalt.
- Planting trees that lose their leaves in the winter will give protection from the summer heat while allowing the sun to warm your home in the cold of winter.
- During winter, dense foundation planting (shrubs) act as a windbreak on the north and northeast sides of your home and can help protect your home against wind chill.
Your well-planned landscape can reduce your winter heating bills by up to one-third. Contact us now to help you plan and plant for effective energy conservation as well as aesthetic beauty.
This Lafayette, Colorado area article was originally published by Dave White, Erie Landscaping Examiner on Examiner.com: Energy Efficient Landscapes on the Front Range of Colorado