The outside of a house can strongly influence its energy bills. For example, with careful landscaping, you can improve your privacy, raise the value of your property, add to your home's comfort, and - this may surprise you - cut your energy bills.
Planting the correct trees, shrubs, vines and groundcover can make your home both warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. In fact, the right type of tree can reduce your summer cooling costs by 20 to 40 percent!
Landscaping is just one of the ways to improve energy efficiency. Shades and awnings can help cut energy costs. Lighting is also important Ñ an outside light, either on a porch or a post, is one of the five most-used lights in a home.
Consider these outside options on the right to make your home energy efficient.