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Aug 7, 2007
Construction Express, "Energy-Efficient Landscaping":

A well-designed landscape will not only dramatically cut summer and winter energy costs, but it can also protect a home from winter wind and summer sun, reduce it's consumption of water, pesticides, and fuel for landscaping and lawn maintenance, and can help to control noise and air pollution.

Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a household's energy consumption for heating and cooling. Computer models devised by the U.S. Department of Energy predict that the proper placement of only three trees will save an average household between $100 and $250 in energy costs annually.

On average, a well-designed landscape provides enough energy savings to return an initial investment in less than 8 years. An 8-foot (2.4-meter) deciduous (leaf-shedding) tree, for example, costs about as much as an awning for one large window and can ultimately save a household hundreds of dollars in reduced cooling costs, yet still admit some winter sunshine to reduce heating and lighting costs.
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