Looking for ways to save on energy expenses as home utility prices continue to rise? One way to save can be found in a most unusual place: landscaping. Trees and plants around your home have the potential to provide lush habitat for wildlife, a relaxing outdoor sanctuary for your family, air and water purification and noise reduction services to your community, AND save you money. The U.S Department of Energy computer models show $100 to $250 in energy cost savings annually simply by properly placing trees and shrubs in the landscape around your home.
According to Michigan State University Extension there are four main topics to consider when considering landscaping choices for energy conservation.