March 03, 2010

How Proper Landscaping Can Reduce Your Cooling and Heating Costs

Research Triangle Park, N.C. – According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills. And each year, electricity generated by fossil fuels for a single home puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two cars.

Proper insulation, weather stripping, caulking and using a programmable thermostat will help save money. Trees, shrubs and plants will make a difference too.

In fact, the government says shading from trees can reduce surrounding air temperatures as much as 9 degrees. That saves you money on your air conditioning costs. Shrubs placed near the base of your house can lower the wind chill near your home in the winter. Trees and shrubs additionally absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air.

Things to consider:

  • Check with your local nursery or cooperative extension service for advice on the best trees for your home and your specific needs. For example, you shouldn’t plant an ash tree in an area that’s under quarantine from a devastating insect called the Emerald Ash Borer.
  • Deciduous trees, the kind that have full canopies during the hot summer months, should be planted on the east and west sides of your house to help keep it cool in the summer and allow the sun to shine in the windows in the winter.
  • The Energy Department says shading your air conditioning unit can increase its efficiency by as much as 10 percent.
  • Plant trees a minimum of 10 feet from your house to prevent overcrowding or damage to your home from roots.
  • Space your trees and shrubs according to what they’ll look like when fully grown, not what they look like now.

“Trees are investments that need protection from destructive insects like beetles and borers,” says Lance Walheim, Bayer Advanced™ Garden Expert and co-author of Landscaping for Dummies. “Preventing insect problems can save your trees and save you money in the long run.”

Bayer Advanced Tree & Shrub Protect & Feed kills insects and prevents new infestations for up to a year with just one application. It also contains a slow-release fertilizer to strengthen your tree. Be sure to read and follow all label directions. (Product not registered in Long Island, NY.) Visit for more tree care information and how-to videos or call 1-877-BAYERAG.

About Bayer Advanced™

Bayer Advanced is one of the leading consumer lawn and garden brands in the United States. Driven by innovative thinking and category-leading research, Bayer Advanced provides innovative and effective solutions that help consumers grow beautiful lawns and gardens and protect their landscapes from pests, weeds and diseases.

Always read and follow label directions before using Bayer Advanced products. Visit for more information and to view how-to videos, or call 1-877-BAYERAG.

Bayer Advanced is a business group of Bayer CropScience LP, the U.S. affiliate of Bayer CropScience AG. Bayer Advanced, Bayer CropScience LP, and Bayer CropScience AG are part of the Bayer AG family, a FORTUNE Global 500 company.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 6.5 billion (2009), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global work force of more than 18,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. Visit for more details.