In our last blog, we detailed DIY landscaping tricks to hide your air conditioner. While landscaping not only adds beauty and value to your home — it can help you save up to 25 percent on your energy costs! Considering the Sunshine State is known for its heat and humidity, every homeowner could use extra help when it comes to cutting cooling costs. Read on to learn three landscaping ideas to reduce the amount of energy use in your Florida home.
1. Trees provide natural shade.
Shade is always welcome during a warm Florida day — but have you heard of evapotranspiration? This is the process by which a plant actively moves and releases water vapor. Not only does this help keep your home cool, it does so while using less energy. Win-win.
According to Energy.gov, trees can reduce the temperature around your home by as much as six degrees! Better yet, certain trees can help block solar heat in the summer while still letting enough of it in during the winter. We recommend planting deciduous trees (planted at the south end of your home) to provide continuous shade year round.
2. Shrubs, vines and groundcover plants to can cool your home naturally.
In addition to trees, other landscaping options closer to the ground (think shrubs, vines and hedges) can also help keep your home come and reduce the amount of energy you use. This is all because groundcover plants are excellent when it comes to blocking heat radiation around your home. When this heat radiation is reduced, the air can more easily cool before it reaches the walls and windows to your home. A simple additional of bushes or row of hedges along windows, or even a vine wall around the patio will do wonders in keeping your home cool and energy costs down.
Other Landscaping Tips and Tricks for Florida Homeowners
When choosing landscaping for your home, always be sure to plants species that are neither invasive or inappropriate to the environment and climate. Not sure where to start? There are a slew of helpful databases available online. Head over to Florida-Friendly Landscaping to easily determine which plants work best for your home.