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Natural shading

Natural shading

In this post, you'll learn how to use natural shading to increase the energy efficiency of your home. You'll get specific tips from the book "The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling".

🌳 Plant shade trees

One of the most effective ways to provide natural shade is to plant trees. Not only do they provide shade, but they also help cool the environment. Be sure to plant deciduous trees on the south and west sides of your home. They provide shade in the summer and let sunlight through in the winter when they lose their leaves.

🌿 Use climbing plants and pergolas

Climbing plants and pergolas can also help provide shade. Plant climbing plants like ivy or vines on the walls of your house. They provide shade and cool the walls. Pergolas, especially with climbing plants, can also provide shade and create a comfortable, cool environment.

🏠 Install blinds and awnings

Blinds and awnings can effectively block sunlight, contributing to natural shading. Install them on windows and doors that are exposed to direct sunlight. They not only help cool the house, but also protect against UV rays.

🔄 Use natural air circulation

Ventilation is an important aspect of natural shading. By opening windows and doors on opposite sides of your home, you can create natural air circulation. This helps to lower the room temperature and improves the air quality.

🎨 Choose light exterior colors

The color of your home can also contribute to natural shading. Light colors reflect sunlight, helping to cool the house. So choose light colors for the exterior walls of your home.

💡 Optimize the use of indoor lighting.

The proper use of indoor lighting can also contribute to energy efficiency. Use daylight as much as possible and turn on artificial light only when it is really needed. Choose energy-efficient light sources to minimize energy consumption.

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