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Landscaping to Save Energy and Water

Not only does landscaping add to the beauty of your home, but it can also save you money. Strategically placed trees and shrubs can help you save up to 25 percent on yearly heating and cooling costs. During the winter, trees and shrubs shield your home from cold winds, reducing heat loss. In summer, shade trees can reduce the need for cooling.

Energy saving landscaping tips include:


Lawn upkeep accounts for approximately half of all residential water use. Using smart landscape design and planning can help reduce water use by 60 percent and increase your home's value by as much as 15 percent. One option for home water conservation is employing xeriscaping, a type of landscaping designed to use plants with water requirements corresponding to typical local rainfall patterns. Creating a landscape based on geography and climate helps significantly reduce the need for irrigation. Xeriscape designs use the following principles to reduce water use and add to your home's beauty.

For more information on how landscaping your yard can help you save money on your utility bills, consult these web sites:

US Department of Energy: Landscaping for Energy and Water Savings
Green Builder Source Book: Landscaping For Energy Savings
Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology: Energy Efficient Landscaping
Water Saving Tips from the H2Ouse
ToolBase Services: Xeriscaping Fact Sheet
Xeriscape Colorado

Content updated on 5/25/2007

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