Energy Saving Landscaping is the knowledge and know-how of creating a landscape design that uses specific horticulture products and strategic thinking to lower the use of energy in a household.
For example, well placed deciduous trees will lose their leaves in the fall and allow sunlight to warm your house in the winter. Even groundcover plants and turfgrass can reduce heat radiation and cool the air around your home in the summer.
As a ESL certified landscaper we are trained in using the right plants with a design that will maximize a home’s energy savings. We are one of the few contractors across North Carolina that are Energy Savings Landscape (ESL) Certified to help homeowners save energy and money.
We can reduce your heating & cooling costs up to 30% through E.S.L. solutions, saving customer’s on average $250.00 annually.
A well designed E.S.L. can add 10-15% to your homes value.
Landscaping ideas that lean towards energy efficiency can help your home stay cool naturally in summer by reducing the amount of direct sunlight from heating the surface of your house. By the same principle, it can also prevent reflected light from driveways or other surfaces from carrying heat back into the home.
Some of the benefits that an energy conserving landscape can provide:
- Reduce air leakage by cutting wind velocity
- Reduce air temperatures through tree shade, grass and shrubbery
- Trees and shrubbery planted on west and northwest sides of a home will block effects of a setting sun, preventing overheating in summer
- Deciduous trees on the south side of a home admits sun for natural heating
- Evergreen trees planted on the north side of a home slow winter winds
A very energy efficient landscape will not only save you energy but can also be used to conserve water. The Xeriscaping method, which is based on seven guiding principles, is one of the most effective ways of doing this.
The 7 guiding principles of a Xeriscaping system:
- Planning and design:
Provides direction and guidance, mapping your water and energy conservation strategies, both of which will be dependent upon your regional climate and microclimate.
- Selecting and zoning plants appropriately:
Bases your plant selections and locations on those that will flourish in your regional climate and microclimate.
- Limiting turf areas:
Reduces the use of bluegrass turf, which usually requires a lot of supplemental watering.
- Improving the soil:
Enables soil to better absorb water and to encourage deeper roots.
- Irrigating efficiently:
Encourages using the irrigation method that waters plants in each area most efficiently.
- Using mulches:
Keeps plant roots cool, minimizes evaporation, prevents soil from crusting, and reduces weed growth.
- Maintaining the landscape:
Keeps plants healthy through weeding, pruning, fertilizing, and controlling pests.