There is psychology in color; each one affects us and our psyche differently. Green in particular has been known to soothe and relax us, can alleviate sadness, nervousness, and anxiety. Green is also synonymous with renewal, self-control, and harmony. It’s no wonder that we’re all loving it here in green Florida.

Your landscape has a big impact on the energy and temperature of your home. The green that surrounds you may reflect the green you could be saving in your wallet. A lush outdoor area can help your home regulate and retain cooler temperatures, as well as reduce energy consumption.

“A well-designed landscape not only adds beauty to your home, it can help reduce your water use, improve your home’s comfort and lower your energy bills all year long.” Says the United States Department of Energy, “For example, carefully placed trees can provide shade from the hot summer sun and block the chilly winter wind — saving up to 25 percent of a typical home’s energy use. That’s because research has shown that summer air temperatures in tree-shaded neighborhoods can be 3 to 6 degrees cooler than treeless areas.”

3 to 6 degrees sounds like nothing, right—pbfft! We all know how precious a few degrees can be during sweltering summers. If greenery is what it takes to get an even cooler home then so be it! What a win-win too! A lush and green outdoors and cool temperatures where you need it most.

A well-planned landscape can reduce an unshaded home’s air conditioning costs by 15-50 percent. Strategically placed trees in particular can offer unrivaled shade. Some large, local trees include Sand Pine, Slash Pine, Laurel Oak, Sand Live Oak, Myrtle Oak, and Turkey Oak. With safety (and root growth!) in mind, consider consulting with a professional on the best place for your trees.

The Department of Energy has put together an incredible infographic Energy Saver 101: Everything You Need to Know about Landscaping. Check it out and discover how you can cool your home with a green thumb.