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  • A well-oriented and well-designed home cuts your summer and winter energy costs dramatically, protects your home from winter wind and summer sun and helps control noise and air pollution.
  • Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25 percent of your energy consumption for heating and cooling.
  • On average, a well-designed landscape provides enough energy savings to return your initial investment in less than eight years.
  • The proper placement of only three trees can save you up to $250 a year on your energy costs.


  • For summer shading, plant trees on the south and west sides of your home.
  • Prune off lower branches as the trees get taller, so the lower winter sun can shine under and help warm the house.
  • Don’t use evergreens. They also shade the house all winter.
  • If possible, watch the path of the sun in the summer and winter in relation to your house and make drawings of the best locations for planting.

Noise Control

  • Dense planting of trees and shrubs can be effective in blocking some noise by themselves; however, the best solution is usually a solid barrier, such as a fence, located close to the noise source.

Wind Protection

  • Properly selected and placed landscaping can provide excellent wind protection and reduces your heating costs considerably. The best windbreaks block wind close to the ground by using trees and shrubs that have low crowns (the portions of the tree with live branches supporting needles or leaves).
  • Evergreen trees and shrubs planted to the north and northwest of the home are the most common type of windbreak. Evergreens planted as windbreaks near homes help reduce heat loss in winter by decreasing the amount of cold air that can blow into your home. Other choices include Spruce, Fir, Arborvitae, False Cypress, Juniper and Pine are appropriate choices.