Phoenix Arizona and surrounding areas have hot summers. Often the temps are more than 100 degrees and some days the gauge rises over 110 degrees. With high temps and rising energy costs homeowners are looking for ways to help save money. Planting trees on the east and west side of your home will help to keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Planting trees and bushes in the right location can help reduce the sun's heat as much as 20-50% according to the energy company. And while Phoenix residents do not worry a lot about really cold winters, trees. shrubs and vines offer a natural insulation for the winter as well. Before planting check with your local HOA for the appropriate plant pallet for your community. Don't make a mistake of planting trees and plants that are not allowed in the community. Each community that has an HOA most usually will have a plant pallet of approved plants to keep the community all having the same look and feel.
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