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Houzz.com: Ways to Cool Your Home Without Air Conditioning

5. Plant Shade Trees

Exercise your green thumb by planting shade trees around the house. Design associate Andrew Spiering of Terra Ferma Landscapes suggests casting shadows on the southwestern exposure of the home using large deciduous trees, like oaks, sycamores and elms. "Other ideas include increasing humidity around the home using layered planting or reducing hardscape," he says.
(Credit: Terra Ferma Landscapes)
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