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Energy-Wise Landscape Design

A New Approach for Your Home and Garden

Sue Reed


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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.

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

This information-rich book goes beyond the usual turf of ubiquitous green-home guides by detailing low-maintenance landscape designs to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Ideal for people who are seriously committed to lowering their home's carbon footprint, the book is part science textbook and part how-to guide, with illustrations diagramming wind patterns and shade angles. Later chapters focus on strategies for reducing energy and water use during lawn care (hint: rethink the definition of "lawn").—The Sierra Club

Her book, Energy-Wise Landscape Design, provides a fresh approach for your home and garden Reed's book presents hundreds of practical ways everyone can save money, time and effort while making their landscapes more environmentally healthy. The Calgary Herald

Filled with practical, specific design advice that will inspire you to get up and get working to make a better home landscape for yourself and the planet. - Paul Cawood Hellmund, President/Director, Conway School of Landscape Design

This comprehensive book will be of tremendous value to everyone from individual homeowners to students of environmental design. - Darrell Morrison, Dean Emeritus, School of Environmental Design, University of Georgia

Sue Reed's step-by-step suggestions make change towards sustainable landscaping doable, instead of difficult and unfamiliar.- Leslie Jones Sauer, author of The Once and Future Forest

This isn’t your average garden book. With info on how your yard can cool your house, protect you from wind, and divert moisture away from your foundation. Energy-Wise is a deeply comprehensive guide. Helpful photos and diagrams accompany every topic, from how to design parking spaces to where to build your house on the property. - Finding Solutions , The David Suzuki Foundation newsletter

After reading Energy-Wise Landscape Design, I was taken to a whole new level and have a new appreciation for how important our landscape design can be. There is so much information packed into this book along with amazing photos and detailed drawings. Sue gives us an education in landscape design while opening our eyes to the possibilities of our individual landscapes. Her voice is full of common sense and charm. I highly recommend this book. -

Sue Reed gives practical advice on lowering energy use through careful design of the landscape and placement of structures. This book is highly recommended for its sound environmental guidance.- Chicago Botanic Garden

I highly recommend reading Energy-Wise Landscape Design. It is chock full of easy steps you can take to reduce the amount of energy used in your landscape. Choose some easy steps that you can put in practical use right away, then work yourself through the many other ideas that Sue Reed presents.

As the cost of energy increases, we are all looking for ways to save. Energy-Wise Landscape Design by landscape architect Sue Reed is a great resource that describes the many ways home gardeners can reduce the energy needed to heat and cool their homes through the thoughtful choice and placement of landscape plants.
Filled with lots of specific, practical, how-to information, this book will help you shrink your energy footprint while designing a beautiful environmentally sound landscape. - National Gardening Association

New Society Publishers - New Society Publishe, 9780865716537, 293pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2010

About the Author

Jason Del Gandio is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy at Temple University. He has participated in the Global Justice Movement, the anti-war movement during the Bush Administration, the anti-RNC demonstrations of 2004, fair-trade campaigns, Latin American solidarity work and the Occupy Movement. Jason has appeared on television and radio, and regularly speaks on college campuses and at public venues. He is the author of Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century Activists.Anthony J. Nocella is a scholar-activist, a Visiting Professor in the School of Education at Hamline University, and a Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at the Hamline Law School. From blockading highways against the war in Iraq to lobbying for national forest protection, Anthony has been involved with numerous movements and struggles, including dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, anarchism, Earth liberation, animal liberation, disability liberation and Hip Hop youth activism. He has co-founded several active political organizations and published more than 50 scholarly articles and 15 books.