Plant Trees to Cool Your Home
Did you know that if you plant trees in the right place, they can shade your home and cool it down? Also, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard, which means that it will use less electricity and save you money on your bill!
Where Should I Plant?
It’s best to plant trees about 15-20 feet away from your home on the west and east sides. West is always the best for energy efficiency, as the trees will shade your home in the hot afternoon sun.
Planting trees on the east side of your home helps a little to shade it from the morning sun, but planting to the north will not provide much shade at all.
Plant trees so that they shade your air conditioning unit. If you have a central air system, you can plant trees to shade it during the hottest parts of the day. It will not have to work as hard, and will use less power (and less money) as it operates.