landscaping and regional climate
The energy-conserving landscape strategies
you use should depend on which region you live in.
- Maximize warming effects of the sun in the winter.
- Maximize shade during
- Deflect winter winds
away from buildings.
- Funnel summer breezes toward the home.
- Provide shade to cool
roofs, walls, and windows.
- Allow summer winds to access naturally cooled homes.
- Block or deflect winds
away from air-conditioned homes.
- Channel summer breezes toward the home.
- Maximize summer shade
with trees that still allow penetration of low-angle winter sun.
- Avoid locating planting beds close to the home if they require frequent
- Use dense windbreaks
to protect the home from cold winter winds.
- Allow the winter sun to reach south-facing windows.
- shade south and west
windows and walls from the direct summer sun, if summer overheating
is a problem.
It's also important to consider your home's microclimate
in your landscaping strategy.
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