For example, large, leafy trees or vine-covered trellises help block the sun, especially if you have windows facing west. Shading windows is more important than shading walls because windows let in more unwanted heat.
Researching watering tips and which plants work best for our area also can help reduce your need to water in the summer, which is another part of creating a more sustainable home.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Dane County Extension Water Conservation for Home and Gardens guide includes indoor and outdoor water conservation and planting advice.
According to Dane County Extension, using mulches helps to cool and protect soil and minimize evaporation. They also recommend keeping grass 3 to 4 inches high when mowing—noting that longer grass develops more drought-resistant roots.
If you live near power lines, MGE has a planting guide at mge.com with trees and shrubs that can be planted safely near or under power lines. And, don't forget to call Diggers Hotline at 811 before you dig!
By working together to conserve resources and be more energy efficient, we can reach our shared energy goals.
MGE can provide tips and answer your questions about saving energy. Call the MGE Home Energy Line at (608) 252-7117 or email AskExperts@mge.com.