An Energy Saving Landscape — Not Just Another Pretty Face

Shaded House

Shady House  Photo Credit: newprowindows/Photobucket

Most of the time we tend to think of landscapes in terms of beautification, but there is a more compelling reason to consider a properly planned landscape – lower energy bills.  It doesn't’t matter if you live in the city, the country, in the north or in the south, significant energy savings can be realized with appropriate placement of trees, shrubs and vegetated overhead structures.   In fact,  a well planned landscape is one of the best investments a homeowner can make.

According to the EPA, properly situated trees can lower energy bills by an average of 25%.  Amazingly, the air temperature under just one shade tree is up to 25% cooler than the surrounding air.

It’s easy to see how a correctly placed grouping would impact the energy use in your home during the summer.  In fact, the studies of air conditioning energy savings showed a whopping 15%- 50% savings and heating cost reductions ranged from 25% - 40% in the winter.  

Just think what that would mean nationwide in terms of energy savings.

Whether it’s saving money you are interested in, or saving the environment, or both, you can plan your landscape for energy efficiency  and pocket considerable savings in the process.

How is this accomplished?

Each region has specific requirements for maximizing energy savings.

Tree in Winter Snow

Snowstorm  Photo Credit: melsweatt/Photobucket

Sources:

US EPA

Colorado State Extension

Energy Savings Landscaping, Debra Rowe, Ph.D.




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