Landscaping to conserve energy

by Marisa Herrera
(Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

In the proper location and with the proper plant species, you can significantly reduce your utility bill during summer and winter, particularly. Plant shade trees on the south and/or west side of a house to cool it during the summer. Evergreen or conifers will block the winter sun; thus, in cold climates, select deciduous trees or species that do not project heavy shade, or avoid planting on the south side. For winter insulation, use dense-growing deciduous vines or evergreen vines on a trellis on the north or northwest-facing wall. Consult your local nursery, state Cooperative Extension, or landscaper for more information.

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