This is a major problem as the average American home consumes 70 million BTUs a year. In fact, taken together, US households account for 22% of total energy consumption and nearly 22% of carbon dioxide emissions (1.19 billion metric tons). A management consulting firm, has found that energy consumption in the United States could be reduced by 23%. in 2020 thanks to simple measures of energy efficiency. While homeowners can take low-cost steps to improve the insulation of their homes and improve their energy efficiency, the landscape is often not not considered part of the problem ... or the solution.
Trees, shrubs and vines are all effective, although arbours or trellises should be included for the vine or for espalier shrubs and trees. Locate the deciduous trees where the greatest benefit is derived from the summer's shadow and the winter sun - on the west side to protect the house from noon to sunset. It is also beneficial to plant on the east side to protect the sunrise until noon. Shadow not only structures, but also outdoor rest areas, walls and hardscape landscapes. Pay special attention to shade windows, which are the most vulnerable to heat gain. Shading air conditioners can reduce the temperature of the air inside the house, but be sure to allow sufficient airflow around the unit.
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