Landscaping is a natural and beautiful way to keep your home cool in summer and reduce your energy bills. A well-placed tree, shrub or vine can deliver effective shade, act as a windbreak, and reduce your energy bills. Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses. Research shows that summer daytime air temperatures can be 3° to 6° cooler in tree-shaded neighborhoods than in treeless areas.

A lattice or trellis with climbing vines, or a planter box with trailing vines, can shade the home’s perimeter while admitting cooling breezes to the shaded area.

Natural Partners: Buildings and Trees

Deciduous trees planted on the south and west sides of your home will help keep it cool in the summer and allow sun to shine in the windows in the winter. Careful landscaping can preserve rooftop solar exposure for solar panels and provide shading to help control solar heat gain through windows. Large deciduous shade trees on the southwest corner of the home provide welcome relief from summer afternoon sun while allowing desirable winter sun to warm the house.