Think energy efficiency is only an indoor concern? Think again. The exterior of your home also offers some energy-saving opportunities.
Swap out incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in your porch lights and other outdoor fixtures.
ENERGY STAR 19-Watt CFL-PAR30
Available at PowerSaverCFL.com
Plant evergreen windbreaks to deflect cold winds, and position trees strategically to shade windows and air-conditioning units.
Use motion-detector units or timers for outdoor lights so that they’re only on when needed.
UPM Programmable Outdoor Timer
Available at SmartHome.com
Save energy year-round by planting the right trees in your yard. Deciduous selections offer the best of both worlds. They shade your windows in the summer, yet allow the sun’s warmth in during fall and winter (after they lose their leaves). Remember to consult your local nursery or garden center for the best selections in your region.
Courtesy of Alabama Power