- Plant deciduous trees like oak, maple, gum, ash and dogwood. They lose their leaves in the winter, letting the sun through to warm your home. In summer, their leaves provide shade. Plant shade trees to the south, where your home receives the most sun.
- Evergreens are effective for blocking wind. Plant them in a staggered or double line to the northwest of your home.
- Smaller foundation plants can minimize the loss of cool air away from the house in summer and, in winter, provide additional wind protection.
- Shade your air conditioner by planting trees or shrubs nearby. The unit won't have to work as hard to keep up on hot days.
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