Smart Design Slices Energy Bills

 

Beautiful ways to Reduce the costs of heating and cooling your home

 

Houzz. Spring 2012.  By Cassy Aoyagi:  Effective landscaping can produce environmental benefits in each of the green building categories defined by the U.S. Green Building Council‘s LEED ranking system: water efficiency, indoor air quality, materials, atmosphere, sustainability and energy. These benefits are substantial. According to the EPA, an energy-smart landscape can save 50 percent of a home’s heating and cooling costs. The energy savings are so substantial, homeowners can expect to recoup the cost of landscape renovation within 8 years.

For simple, beautiful landscaping strategies that save energy and money, read on.