Strategic placement of trees around property can act as natural air conditioners, providing shade that shields buildings and homes from direct sunlight. It is reported that a mature shade tree can block up to 90% of solar radiation, which could translate to a significant reduction in your home cooling cost.

On hot days, some large trees can pull hundreds of gallons of water through their leaves. This water evaporates, keeping the tree and its immediate surroundings cool.

Where there isn’t room for trees, shrubs and vines can provide similar benefits. Trees, shrubs and ground-cover plants can also shade the ground and pavement around the home. This reduces heat radiation and cools the air before it reaches your home’s walls and windows.