Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Landscaping

As written in my book for the green guru guide Do It Yourself Home Energy Audits, we talk about this issue. It’s so simple!!

Landscape your way to energy savings this year!

From shading and windbreaks to water conservation and regional planting tips, our new Energy Saver 101 infographic lays out how your landscaping can help you save money and improve your home’s comfort.

After a long, cold winter, Spring has finally sprung. As flowers begin to bloom and trees sprout new leaves, we are finally seeing evidence of the changing season across most of the country. For a large majority of homeowners, that means it’s time to start thinking about landscaping projects.

A well-designed landscape not only adds beauty to your home, it can help reduce your water use, improve your home’s comfort and lower your energy bills all year long. For example, carefully placed trees can provide shade from the hot summer sun and block the chilly winter wind — saving up to 25 percent of a typical home’s energy use. That’s because research has shown that summer air temperatures in tree-shaded neighborhoods can be 3 to 6 degrees cooler than treeless areas.

Our new Energy Saver 101 infographic lays out the basics of how you can make your landscape work for you. Whether you’re looking to shade your home from solar heat gain, create a windbreak or conserve water, we’re highlighting energy-saving planting tips for landscaping and the landscaping strategies that work best for different climates.
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Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.