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July 7, 2014
Wondering how to save energy without creating discomfort for yourself and those living in your home? In these days of global warming and exceptionally high temperatures during summers, it is simply not possible to live without air conditioning. But that also means you have to bear the increasing energy bills. As they say, you can't have the cake and eat it too, right? Wrong. You can keep your home cooler in summers and also improve home energy efficiency. How? By creating green spaces around the property!
What are green spaces?
As you may have guessed, green spaces are those that are dedicated to natural elements. Gardens, parks and other places where vegetation thrives are all green spaces. Green spaces need not be as big as a public park and can be created anywhere. Even if you don’t have space for a garden around your home, you can create one on your roof. A rooftop garden is an excellent option for those who live in apartments. If not on the roof, you can always have plants in your balcony. However, if you have an independent property with enough space to cultivate a garden, go ahead and create one to reduce energy consumption.
Green spaces reduce energy usage
If you have space for a garden, you can always hire a landscaper to work on it and plant the right kind of trees in it for shade and also for cooling. When the temperature is controlled with such green areas, the air conditioning and other cooling or heating apparatus in your home will work more efficiently, thereby reducing the amount of energy used. This also results in extending the life of your air conditioner or heater, thereby saving you a lot of money otherwise needed for replacement of appliances.
Create rooftop gardens
Green rooftops are easy to create and also minimize the temperatures inside the building, as plants absorb sunlight which can otherwise be converted into heat. Rooftop gardens are especially great for urban settings where there is little space to create gardens on the lower levels and where use of air conditioning is often the highest.
Rooftop green spaces also aid you in storm water management and reduce the possibility of seepage due to stagnant water, keeping the insides dry and therefore warm. That way, you won't have to use a humidifier or a heater as much during the wet and cold months.