Smart Landscaping Means Lower Energy Costs, Higher Home Value
Do you want to save money on your home energy bills each month? Well, you can do that by beautifying your yard at the same time.
Being smart about where you plant your shrubs and trees can save you up to 25 percent in energy bills by reducing air conditioning and fuel costs throughout the year. And if you’re looking to sell, that smart landscaping also adds great value to your home.
Landscapers say properly placing a windbreak saves your home from the cold in the winter months and provides much-needed shade in the hot summers. According to HouseLogic.com, a real estate and home improvement site run by the National Association of Realtors, trees can also add an average of 10 percent to your home’s value. Of course your landscaping also adds some nice curb appeal to your home, which adds a nice ambiance to your neighborhood and gives a good first impression to potential buyers.
Here are a few things to know before you get to planting:
- Plant deciduous trees on the west side of a house to provide cooling shade in the summer and warming daylight in the winter.
- Plant evergreens on the north side of your home to block the icy winter winds.
- Think about the tree’s full-grown size and shape before you dig.
- Contact your local utility company before you start to dig.
- Plant below power lines. Falling trees and branches can cause power outages.
- Plant too close to your home’s foundation. Roots can damage the foundation and block sewer lines.
If you’re looking to do all the planting yourself, here’s a guide on how to plant a tree.
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This local update courtesy of your Eden Prairie Community Expert.