Plants can act as a shades
to block sunlight and help us keep our homes
cooler. In the summer time a tree with leaves
will shade the home, decreasing the amount
of sunlight striking the house, keeping
it cooler. In the winter, when a tree drops
it's leaves, the sunlight is allowed to
hit the home to assist in keeping it warm.
The color your home (and especially the
roof) is painted can have an impact on heating
and cooling it. Light colors will reflect
the sunlight. Dark colors will absorb more
sunlight. So, if you paint a house light
colors or have a light-colored roof, the
house will stay cooler in the summer.