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"Sue Reed is a rarity among landscape architects. She is a creative designer, with an unusually comprehensive understanding of the native plants and ecosystems of New England. She possesses technical expertise in such areas as earthwork and construction, yet is also dedicated to approaching landscape design with ecological sensitivity. On top of that, she is an engaging and energetic teacher."

Energy-Wise Landscape DesignEnergy-Wise
Landscape Design

by Sue Reed

A book full of new ideas to help homeowners, gardeners and designers:
• Save energy • Shrink our carbon footprint • Respond to climate change
• Help the environment • Save money.

Energy-Wise Landscape Design

Living Now Book AwardsGold Award Winner, Independent Publisher’s Books for Better Living Now, 2011

Silver Award: Book of the Year, Foreword Reviews, 2010

Residential consumption represents nearly one quarter of North America’s total energy use, and the average homeowner spends thousands of dollars a year on power bills. To help alleviate this problem, Energy-Wise Landscape Design presents hundreds of practical ways everyone can save money, time and effort while making their landscapes more environmentally healthy and energy efficient.

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Combining general guidelines with tips, techniques and actions, this fully illustrated guide explains the many opportunities our landscapes provide for conserving energy. Readers will learn how to:

  • lower a home’s heating and cooling costs
  • minimize fuel used in landscape construction, maintenance and everyday use
  • choose products and materials with lower embedded energy costs
  • make a positive difference without a major investment or change in lifestyle.

This book is for homeowners, gardeners, landscape professionals and students...everyone who's involved in designing, planning, building and caring for environments large and small. Written in non-scientific language with clear explanations and an easy conversational style, Energy-Wise Landscape Design is an essential resource for all who want to shrink their energy footprint while enhancing their property and adding value to their home.

Note: Many practical ideas from this book are discussed in detail in the "Energy-Wise Tips" section of my "Good Landscapes Blog."