All you have to do is turn on the news and you can see the effects of climate change. Increased number of fires, floods, and droughts. We see extreme weather everywhere and they are getting worse. So, it is up to each of us to become a steward for the environment and it starts with our own backyard.
Here are five tips you can use to improve your home and yard to make them more energy-efficient and prevent global warming.
Trees can help the environment and eliminate carbon dioxide from the environment, and we take them for granted. Go into a city where there are no trees and feel the hot climate. On the same day go to a green area where there are a lot of trees and you will immediately feel the cooler air. Plant more trees near your house. Just be sure they are in areas that will not negatively affect your home. When planting trees be sure to properly maintain them so that they aren’t damaged during a storm.
One step to maintaining your tree is removing a lot of limbs from it. Taking out those branches does several things. Strong winds can easily blow down weaker branches. If a tree is too close to your home, those branches could hit your roof and lead to costly repairs.
Taking the limbs off the tree will also make sure that no one gets hurt by a limb because it has spread out from the tree or broken off when the tree fell. Limb removal is more likely to happen in larger trees or trees that already have dead or rotted branches.With a little bit of maintenance, your trees will be able to protect your property from harsh sunlight without sacrificing safety during intense storms.
Replace Expensive Lawns With Native Grass
Replace expensive grass with native garden plants. Native grasses and plants have deeper roots so they hold moisture and tolerate drought periods. Research now shows that yards with different plant species resist pests and diseases and are better able to handle climate change. Determine what kinds of weather conditions are common in your area so that you can find the right kind of grass for your backyard.
Add More Energy Efficiency to the Home’s Exterior
Make sure the home is protected by shade and if there are no trees that can offer this type of protection, add residential window tinting to windows that receive a lot of sunlight. Shade keeps the home cooler and prevents the need to use a lot of electricity to power air conditioners. Many AC units have towork harder in order to cool down a house that rapidly heats up due to the sunlight that shines through your windows. Having your home’s windows tinted maximizes energy efficiency while also allowing you to maintain your privacy in the process.
Don’t Plant Along the Edges of Water Features
Avoid planting right at the edge of a stream, lake, or other water sources. Keep vegetation slightly away from these areas to give plants the opportunity to grow deeper roots and to prevent any fertilizers or chemicals from reaching the water. In doing this, you control erosion and create habitat havens for native wildlife.
Study up on Good Planting Practices
Plant correctly. Put your plants in the right area and plant at the right time of year. Plants are less stressed and require less water when you plant in the fall or spring where the days are warm but nights are cooler. Being mindful about where you plant your plants can also help prevent roots from damaging your plumbing system. If you are unsure about how a certain plant should be cared for, you can always search its name on the internet and follow helpful guides.
It is not too late to turn climate change around. You can make small changes that make a big difference to the environment.Taking the time to care for your home’s interior and exterior will maximize energy efficiency while preventing costly damages caused by harsh weather conditions. A small amount of due diligence will keep your home protected no matter the weather.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger based in New Mexico. Her first passion is journalism, but she also loves hiking and gardening. Brooke recommends hiring a professional that has experience with residential window tinting. Find her on writer and Facebook: @BrookeChaplan; https://www.facebook.com/brooke.chaplan