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Lean, Green Tips for Energy Savings


By Amey Stone and Carol Vinzant

Do some creative landscaping. Farmers used to do simple planting to make their house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They'd plant evergreens on the windy side (usually west) and deciduous trees on the sunny side (usually south). That would offer shade in the summer, but let the sun warm the house in the winter. Modern studies have proven that tree planting can save a quarter of a household's heating and cooling costs. One study showed that planting evergreens on just the west side reduces heati


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