Planting trees for shade on the west and south sides of your house can save you as much as $25 per year in cooling costs. The Sacramento (CA) Municipal Utility District found that a tree planted on the west side of a house can reduce net carbon emissions from summertime electricity use by 30 percent over a 100-year period.
Growing plants on the side of your house is an environmentally friendly, low tech, and low cost way to cool your home. Planting a tree provides fantastic shade. Vines like ivy and virginia creeper can act like a second skin on your house, shading it from the sun and cooling through envirotranspiration, thus dramatically reducing the maximum surface temperatures of the building. According to treehugger.com, such climbing plants can insulate the house, reduce daily temperature fluctuation, and reduce surface temperature “from between –10°/14°F to 60°C/140°F to between 5°C/41°F and 30°/86°F”.
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Growing vegetation on the side of your home, along with planting trees that will shade your home will aid in conserving energy. Also planting evergreen trees in masses along the side of your home, will create a screen against wind and help hold in heat.
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