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07 Oct, 2010

DIY insulation for all builders and gardeners – save energy save money

Posted by: Geoff Davis In: diy|garden|gardening|green|Insulation

Research by HTA – actually a sponsored Phd – shows that planting against external walls increases insulation by a big factor.

The vegetation ‘buffers’ the wall environment against cooling, and behind the plants it can be anything up to 6 degrees higher.

Of course, in the summer, vegetation will also shade the walls, making them cooler.

If you have no soil or border against your walls, fear not: you can always use containers.

Large container wall of plants

Large container wall of plants

Container plants for DIY insulation

Container plants for DIY insulation

These can be bought or even built in brick or treated wood. You will have to water and care for the plants and shrubs a bit more; if away on holiday you should set up a drip system, these are quite cheap (can’t recall exact price but about 30 UK pounds).

See our section on Container gardening >

This is the gardening trade organisation that paid for the research – The Horticultural Trades Association >

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