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Eco-friendly home guide

Aug. 27, 2010, 11:37 a.m.
Landscaping

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Landscaping

Landscaping is a natural and beautiful way to keep your home cool in summer and reduce your energy bills.

A well-placed tree, shrub, or vine can deliver effective shade, act as a windbreak, and reduce your energy bills. Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of the energy a typical household uses for energy.

Research shows that summer daytime air temperatures can be 3° to 6° cooler in tree-shaded neighborhoods than in treeless areas. A lattice or trellis with climbing vines, or a planter box with trailing vines, shades the home’s perimeter while admitting cooling breezes to the shaded area.