At this time of year it is nice to spend time outside relaxing in the garden or beside the pool but there might be some extra things you can consider to make your outdoor space more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. By protecting the planet, we can help ensure future generations can enjoy it too.
Solar lighting for the garden is a great way to save energy which in turn can help reduce your bills. There are various options available including solar garden lights and solar security lights which include a solar panel to charge a battery during the day which then powers the light at night.
If you have a pool and want to make the most of it, there are renewable energy solutions that can double your swim season. Both solar pool heating and air source swimming pool heat pumps will heat the pool to a comfortable temperature to enable you to swim from Spring through Autumn. A solar pool cover also works to transfer the heat of the sun to the water and by reducing water evaporation, as well as helping to keep the pool warm, it can reduce chemical consumption too.
By planting trees and shrubs on the southern and western facing sides of your home to create shade, you can help keep your home cooler reducing the need for air-conditioning. Creating landscaping that increases shade throughout the garden creates a cooler microclimate which in turn helps reduce local air temperature for the air-conditioning condenser.
Plants to Repel Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can spoil time you spend outside but instead of using chemical repellents, a more natural method is to use plants that repel mosquitoes. A lot of the plants and herbs that have a history of use as natural mosquito repellents grow very well here and include the following:
- Citronella (lemon balm, lemon grass, lemon verbena)
You can plant herbs throughout your garden or make mosquito planter pots. Fill pots with a selection from the list above and place them near doorways, by the pool, on the terrace and by the BBQ to keep the mosquitoes away.