You’ve upgraded your appliances, insulation, and lighting to help lower your monthly electric bill. What else can you do? Plenty, if you have a yard with landscaping options. The right combination of plants and trees can unearth hidden energy savings.

Climate determines the direction your landscaping planning should take. The United States is divided into four different types
of regions: temperate, hot-arid, hot-humid, and cool.

Folks living in our area which is the temperate band across the Northwest, Midwest, and Northeast parts of the nation should maximize the warmth of winter sun. Likewise, summer shade should be prized. Winter winds should be deflected from buildings, while summer breezes need to be brought toward a home.  

Find out more about your climate, microclimates, shading dos and don’ts, and windbreaks at To learn more ways to save energy around your home, visit

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