, , ,

Great Ways to Save Money Using Efficient Landscaping and LED Lightning

Great Ways to Save Money Using Efficient Landscaping and LED Lightning

Great Ways to Save Money Using Efficient Landscaping and LED Lightning

Every spring, homeowners far and wide break out the shovels and rakes to do some landscaping. But far too many homeowners don’t think about how they can strategically implement their landscaping to not just beautify their homes, but save money on electricity bills in the process. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are putting in those bushes and trees.

When people think about using their landscaping to keep cooler, obviously the first place they generally go is using plants – usually trees – for shade. But one other way plants can help keep their surroundings cooler is through evapotranspiration, which is the process by which a plant moves and gives off water vapor. This process can lower surrounding air temperatures by up to 9 degrees. And because the resulting cooler air directly around the plant settles near the ground, temperatures directly under trees can be as much as 25 degrees cooler. If you’re planning to plant trees for improved shading of your home, you need to consider the following:

Regional climate. Homes in areas with hotter summers can obviously use the extra shade during the summer months. But if you are subject to cold winters, the extra tree shade can actually backfire on you, since you’ll end up needing to run your furnace more to stay warm.

Shading needs. If you need continuous shade, go with evergreen trees and shrubs since they’ll provide a good year-round canopy. If you only want to block solar heat during the summer months, go with a deciduous tree that will let the winter sun through when you need it. Also bear in mind the height of the tree’s crowns (leaves and branches) – this will obviously make a substantial difference in the level of shade the tree will provide.

Location of trees. This is arguably the most important decision to make for planting trees for extra shade.
For summertime roof shading, plant trees with high, wide crowns to the south of your home. However, if you need some solar heat during those cold winters, only plant deciduous trees so you’ll get some sunlight when you need it.

If you’re trying to block the lower angles of the sun in the afternoon, plant trees with lower crowns to the west of your home.
While you’re trying to protect your home, try to shade your air conditioning unit while you’re at it. All too often the A/C equipment is abandoned to get nice and toasty in the sun. Properly shade that air conditioning unit and you can increase its efficiency by an additional 10 percent.

As mentioned above, the natural behavior of plants helps cool the air and ground in their direct vicinity. As a result, there are several ways to utilize smaller plants to also keep your home cooler in the summer. Plant shrubs close to your home to shade the windows and walls. They’ll establish themselves and start providing shade faster than trees. Use shrubs and ground cover to shade the ground and pavement around your home. Build a trellis and plant climbing vines. They tend to be fairly low-maintenance and they grow fast, meaning that with the right size you could shade an entire wall of your home within a year or so.

Obviously, there are other things you can do to lower your electricity bill, such as finding a cheaper electricity company. But to lower your energy consumption, proper landscaping can make a difference. If you are having new kitchen lighting installed as a part of your kitchen remodel, you will probably hear quite a lot about LED lighting. Do the benefits really outweigh the higher initial cost over other lighting options like the compact fluorescents that are found in many kitchens? These days the answer is yes.

Adopting LED lighting now is a smart move. Not only will you be doing your bit to help the environment but you will save quite a bit of money over time as well. Here are just a few of the benefits of choosing LED lighting. Most of the LED bulbs on the market today will last for at least 50,000 hours. Broken down that means that if you had one lit for eight straight hours everyday you wont need to change the LED bulb for about seventeen years.

A 3W LED bulb can do the job of a 35W halogen bulb. That adds up to major energy savings. Reduced energy consumption is not only good for your bank balance but for the size of your “carbon footprint” as well. LED bulbs emit no ultra violet (UV) radiation and very little in the way of infra red (IR) radiation either. This makes them a fantastic choice for display lighting as they won’t age or fade your collectibles prematurely.

LEDs come in a veritable rainbow of different colors (which is why so many people are using them in Christmas lights) and by using RGB LED lights and a special controller you can in fact create almost any color combination, which takes the whole idea of mood lighting to another level! Unlike compact fluorescents, that can take up to a minute to light properly LEDs come on instantly, with no flickering. And as they contain no filament they won’t be damaged by the occasional bash or crash like an incandescent bulb can be.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *