Energy-Efficient Landscaping Tips

Use these landscaping tips to keep your energy costs down and make your yard more environmentally friendly.
Landscaping That Makes Cents

Sitting under a shade tree on a hot day makes you cooler, and standing by a wall on a cold, windy day makes you feel warmer. It seems pretty obvious. What's less obvious is that you can landscape your yard to offer your home those same benefits. It just takes a bit of planning in the way you site trees, fences, and other elements.

Some statistics to illustrate the point:

Front Yard Make your landscape a cool,
shady retreat on hot summer days.

  • A well-positioned tree can save up to 25 percent of your home's energy for heating and cooling.
  • A tree-shaded yard can be up to 6 degrees cooler than a sunny yard. A shaded lawn can be up to 25 degrees cooler than sunny pavement.
  • Shading your home's roof can increase your air conditioner's energy efficiency by more than 10 percent.
  • A single shade tree equals the cooling power of 15 air conditioners -- and it runs for free!
  • Three house-shading trees can cut your cooling bill by as much as half.
  • Windbreaks can cut winter heating bills by 10 to 30 percent.