Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for Your Home and Garden

Front Cover
New Society Publishers, Apr 1, 2010 - House & Home - 304 pages
0 Reviews

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, ecologically rich, 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 landscape products and materials with lower embedded energy costs
  • Make a positive difference without a major investment or change in lifestyle

Intended for homeowners, gardeners, landscape professionals, and students, the design ideas in this book will work in every type of setting—large or small, hilly or flat, urban or rural. Written in non-scientific language with clear explanations and an easy conversational style, Energy-Wise Landscape Design is an essential resource for everyone who wants to shrink their energy footprint while enhancing their property and adding value to their home.

Sue Reed is a registered landscape architect and a specialist in ecological landscape design who has helped hundreds of homeowners create comfortable, livable, and beautiful landscapes that save energy. She is also an experienced writer and teacher whose work specifically focuses on environmentally sound, energy-efficient, and sustainable landscape design.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Introduction
1
Arranging the Landscape to Help Cool a House in Summer
5
The Sun and the Wind
7
Shading the House
21
Cooling the Air Around the House
35
Cooling the Ground Near the House
43
Arranging the Landscape to Help Warm a House in Winter
53
Taking Advantage of the Suns Heat
55
Installing and Maintaining Planted Areas
149
Building Structures in the Landscape
179
Constructing New Homesites
197
Generating Energy in Your Landscape
211
Making Electricity from Sunlight
217
Generating Electricity from the Wind
223
Harnessing the Energy of Flowing Water
229
Capturing the Warmth of the Ground
235

Reducing the Chilling Effect of Winter Winds
63
Designing the Realm of Plants
73
Creating Healthy Working Ecosystems
75
Reducing or Eliminating Lawn
89
Using Water Efficiently
99
Designing the Whole Property
111
Fitting the Landscape to the Land
113
Designing the Car Zone
119
Making the Most of Every Element
131
Situating New Homes with Energy in Mind
139
Construction and Care
147
Lights in the Landscape
239
Lighting with Energy in Mind
241
Conclusion
253
Details and Calculations
257
Plant Lists
265
Resources
273
Endnotes
277
Bibliography
281
Index
285
About the Author
293
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Susan Reed is president of Susan Reed, Landscape Architect; who has specialized in ecological design for over two decades. She is an instructor, who taught at The Conway School of Landscape Design for twelve years, and continues to lead design workshops across New England. She is a writer and author of Seeing the Forest, and lives in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

Bibliographic information