Saving Money on Cooling and Heating With Your Landscape

passive solar
You’ve probably read a thousand articles about how to save money on heating and cooling in your home. But chances are that you probably haven’t heard much about the idea of passive solar as a way to save energy in your home. Today’s post will talk a little bit about the idea of saving energy in your home with passive solar. First of all, what is passive solar? Passive solar essentially is the way of using your home to collect and retain heat from the sun. However, designing your yard appropriately is not just about keeping your home warm during the winter. The proper design can also make your home cooler in the summer, too.

How It Works

Part of it relates to your house design, and the other part relates to landscaping. Ideally you want to collect the sun’s heat from south-facing windows on your home. This is the home design part, but the landscaping comes into play as you make sure that the sun has an easy route into those windows.

What Custom Gardens Can Do

  • Design ventilation pathways: We’ll design a path that will allow air to travel into a building/home, therefore allowing the ventilation and cool air to reach your home, thus saving you money on your cooling and air.
  • Make a courtyard that will help cool your home in the summer: If you link these to the building or home, it will suck the cool air right inside!
  • Design water ponds, which will also help with cooling: Of course the water is cooler, so having these structures and designs by your home will help with cooling.

So what do you think? It’s a no-brainer! If you’re looking to save money on cooling and heating your home, look at the way your yard is designed and give us a call today to see how we can help! If you want more information, then give us a call! We’d be happy to talk to you about it!

Sources and More Info
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