Energy-Wise Landscape Design
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.
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 ideas from this book are explored in further detail in my "Climate-Wise Landscaping" blog.
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- Sierra Club (Della Watson) (3/16/11)
- National Gardening Association (5/6/10)
- Chicago Botanic Garden (7/12/10)
Garden and Green Bloggers
- Kathy Cropp, Horticulture magazine (4/26/11)
- Ken Druse (4/22/11)
- Rochelle Greayer, Apartment Therapy (3/23/11)
- Susan Morrison (2/18/11)
- Preston Koerner (6/1/10 and 12/1/10)
- Helen Yoest (7/13/10)
- Wendy Gabriel (7/29/10)
- Kylee Baumle (8/1/10)
- Susan Harris (8/6/10)
- Carin Lynn (8/16/10)
- Greenbuilding.com (8/30/10)
- Michael O’Loughlin (9/13/10)
- Catherine Rust (9/14/10)
- Allan Becker (10/30/10)
- Garden Ideas (12/30/10)
- George Africa (11/5/10)
- Billy Goodnick (11/30/10)
- Brenda Haas (12/2/10)
- Ellen Walther Sousa (12/3/10)
- Leigh Garafalow (12/3/10)
- Genevieve Schmidt (12/6/10)
- Elaine Cunningham (12/4/10), Barrington, Rhode Island newspaper
- Pat Leuchtman (12/18/10)
- Julia Wasson (12/23/10)
“Sue Reed’s book amounts to a conversation with the author, who gently but inevitably convinces us to integrate thoughts about energy into all our concepts of action and beauty. She brilliantly focuses on the what and why of designing landscapes for the needs of users in the 21st century. Her poetic conclusive paragraphs should be required reading for all, and especially for landscape architects and designers.”