Create an energy-efficient home with landscaping

By Bob Polomski

Properly positioned trees, shrubs, and vines can save as much as 50% on heating and cooling costs.

In winter, a hedgerow or screen of trees or shrubs planted on the northwest side blocks cold winds better than a solid barrier. These windbreaks are usually evergreens, but deciduous shrubs or trees can block up to 60% of the wind even when leafless.

In summer, deciduous trees, a vine-covered trellis or arbor on the south side of a house will block the hot summer sun. Deciduous trees planted on the east, west, and south sides of a home provide shade in summer and allow warming sunlight in winter.

These and more tips are available in the booklet Landscape Design for Energy Efficiency, available at (Pub Code EC 706). This Clemson Extension publication was produced in association with the S.C. Energy Office and the S.C. Forestry Commission.

For information: Bob Polomski, 864-656-2604,