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Saving Energy in the Landscape

Did you know that your landscape can affect the temperatures inside your home? With careful planning and design, you can "go green" and create an energy-saving landscape.

Pay attention to which walls and windows get the most light. Planting trees that will create shade can lower indoor temperatures dramatically, reducing the cost to keep your house cool in the summer. Small or medium-sized trees work best for shading the walls of your house. Trees that get more than thirty feet tall should be planted farther from the house, to prevent limbs from overhanging your roof and creating a hazard during hurricanes and other storms.

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