Looking to make some upgrades to your landscape this year? Try to keep the environment in mind during your planning and you could end up saving yourself some money in the long run.
Different climatic regions of the country can benefit from different landscaping plants, whether its shrubs to block the winter winds in the Northeast or lots of shade trees along your house to help make the blistering summers of the South bearable.
The U.S. Energy Department can help by providing a breakdown of landscaping strategies in every region of the country.
Regardless of where you live, it's smart to consider the climate immediately around your house. It's called your home's microclimate.
For instance, your home's microclimate may receive more sun, shade, wind or moisture than average local conditions. If your home is located on a sunny southern slope, it could have a warm microclimate, even if you live in New England.
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Or, even though you live in a hot and humid region like in the Southeast, your home may be situated in a comfortable microclimate because of abundant shade and dry breezes. Nearby bodies of water also may affect the air temperature and humidity around your house.
Microclimatic factors also help determine what plants may or may not grow in your landscape, which is good information to have when choosing a plan that maximizes energy savings.
Many people are already aware of how to conserve energy indoors, but here are some tips from Mike Blank of MBC Building and Remodeling in Millersville, Pennsylvania, on how to do the same with your surrounding landscaping.