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Not only does landscaping add to the beauty of your home, but it can also save you money. Strategically placed trees and shrubs can help you save up to 25 percent on yearly heating and cooling costs. During the winter, trees and shrubs shield your home from cold winds, reducing heat loss. In summer, shade trees can reduce the need for cooling.

Energy saving landscaping tips include:

Shading and evaporative cooling from trees can reduce the air temperature around your home three to six degrees.

Planting deciduous trees on the northeast-southeast and northwest-southwest sides of the home help decrease cooling cost in summer and allow solar heating during the winter.

Locating shrubs and vines on trellises around a home can also provide shade during the summer. Space should be left between the shrubs and the home to allow for adequate air circulation.

Planting evergreen trees and shrubs to form a windbreak can protect your home from harsh winter winds.