If you’re concerned about saving energy, your hardscape surfaces and landscape is a huge source of potentially sucking lots of your energy and adding to your bills.
Here’s a few things you can do to save money and energy on your hardscape surfaces and landscape around your house or business:
Resurface instead of replace your surfaces
If you have a surface that’s old and damaged, chances are you’re not going to want to completely replace them because of the expense and hassle. To save money and energy, you can just have them resurfaced. Some of your options are to have your surface repaired, overlayed, stained, colored, or stamped. You can also have it sealed. Sealing / resurfacing your property’s surface will keep it lasting longer and in some circumstances will have the sun blocked out a little more. If you can reflect the sun instead of absorbing it, you’ll have a lot better chance to keep your entire house and outside of your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. And who doesn’t want that?
If you maintain your surfaces by having them cleaned every 6 months or so and re-sealed or resurfaced every 3-4 years, you’re going to be a lot better off on your heating and cooling costs.
Use eco-friendly sealant
Eco-friendly sealant will give your floor covering a great look but will not damage the environment. Using an ecofriendly seal can also save energy because you won’t have to resurface as often as if you weren’t using the eco-friendly version. This is an important factor in maintaining your surfaces and keeping your entire hardscape cool.
What else can you do to maintain your surfaces?
Park your car in the garage and use drip covers to sop up the dripping oil
don’t use heavy machinery around your hardscape surfaces
don’t use lawnmowers or weedwackers as they will damage your surfaces a lot easier, forcing you to put more sealant and wasting more energy and power and money too
We wanted to thank our friends at Cal Clean And Seal for providing the information for this article. They are experts at concrete staining in San Diego, and have an incredible amount of knowledge in energy efficient resurfacing projects!