Infographic: Landscaping for energy savings
Winter is waning, and spring is about to, well, spring.
As flowers begin to bloom and trees sprout new leaves, evidence of the changing season is popping up across most of the country. For a large majority of home and building owners, that means it’s time to start thinking about landscaping projects, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
A well-designed landscape not only adds beauty to a structure, it can help reduce water use, improve facility comfort and lower 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.
The Department of Energy’s new Energy Saver 101 infographic lays out the basics of how you can make your landscape work for property owners. Whether you’re looking to shade a building from solar heat gain, create a windbreak or conserve water, the graphic highlights energy-saving planting tips for landscaping and the landscaping strategies that work best for different climates.
Companies: U.S. Department of Energy