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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716537
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. - mygreenside.com

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. -Ecosystemgardening.com

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

About the Author

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.

More About the Author

As a registered landscape architect, I have helped hundreds of homeowners create comfortable, livable and beautiful landscapes that save energy. I've worked in western Massachusetts for nearly 25 years, including twelve years as an instructor at the Conway School of Landscape Design. My specialty is designing sustainable landscapes that are environmentally sound, ecologically rich and energy efficient.

My book, Energy-Wise Landscape Design, was published in April 2010 by New Society Publishers. This book has won a Gold Award from Independent Publishers Magazine, and a Book of the Year Silver Award from ForeWord Reviews.

I am also a speaker and presenter. My lively talks have received rave review from landscape professionals, design students, environmental organizations, botanic gardens and master gardeners. Visit www.energywiselandscape.com to find out more, or read my blog posts at nativeplantwildlifegarden.com.

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Instead it is a GREAT GARDENING MANUAL.
Matthew M. Cohen
Sue Reed is a gifted writer with a remarkable ability to tackle complex, technical information, distill it down to its essence, and explain it in everyday language.
allanbecker-gardenguru
I think this book is best for someone starting a new landscape plan, but it is still useful for seasoned landscapers.
M. Walsh

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By allanbecker-gardenguru on November 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Don't let the title of this book put you off. This may sound like a technical or an academic publication, but it is not. It reads like a friendly user's manual. It explains how some landscaping design ideas help to conserve energy. With clear and clever illustrations by Kate Dana, and with simple step-by-step suggestions, the author coaches us into creating a sustainable, energy-efficient property. Primarily, the book explains how to help cool a house in summer and warm it in winter, using sun, wind, trees and plants. In addition, the goal of the book is to help property owners use less energy in building, landscaping and maintaining homes and gardens. A long term objective is to reduce dependence on foreign energy and to improve the environment.

The book is divided into 7 sections: In sections 1 and 2 suggestions are offered on how to arrange the landscape in order to make houses more comfortable in summer and winter. Included are the role that tree placement plays in providing shade in summer, the strategy for capturing cooling breezes, and reducing ground heat that surrounds a home. The winter section explains how to maximize the sun's heat, plant windbreaks and buffers, and position the home to deflect wind.

Sections 3 and 4 provide design ideas for saving energy in the landscape. These include the use of regionally native plants that harmonize with local soil conditions and the re evaluating of the lawn in order to conserve water and operating energy for mowers. This section also offers help in designing properties that sparingly use electricity for outdoor lighting and watering systems.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Walsh on July 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I wish I had owned this book 10 years ago when I started planning my landscape ideas for our older home whose landscaping had been neglected for many years. There are excellent tips from the small ones to the big ones. The approach is rather scientific, and you will find out how to test your soil, how to guage the sun's route in the sky, and how and where to plant everything to benefit your heating and air-conditioning bills. We all know about taking advantage of trees to shade our house from the sun. Did you know how to take advantage of plantings to take advantage of wind currents?
I think this book is best for someone starting a new landscape plan, but it is still useful for seasoned landscapers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Robinson on April 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
There are dozens and dozens of great ideas on ways to save money while making your property attractive in "Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for Your Home and Garden."

Projects include ways to keep a home cooler in summer to protecting it from the cold in winter, using local plants to ensure the best use of water, tips on the right way to plant trees, limiting the use of off-site topsoil and lots more.

Homeowners can take on simple tasks, like planting a shrub near a home to reduce the wind chill or building a bigger mulch pile to protect a tree, or major projects, such as relocating the driveway or adding windmills to the backyard.

Black and white photos make their point, showing good gardening practices, ways to avoid water waste, the unnecessary stripping of vegetation during a home's construction and a lot more.

This is a compelling book that provides good ideas for almost any homeowner interested in cutting their soaring utility bills and making the best use of their property.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Sousa on January 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a must-read for anybody looking to build or renovate a home, especially in the temperate climate of New England, where the siting, positioning and surrounding landscaping of a home can directly influence the energy efficiency and environmental footprint of your property. Sue's book is timely for many reasons. As our utility bills go through the roof and natural resources continue to suffer enormous pressure from development, industry, the spread of invasive, non-native plant species, as well as warming average temperatures, homeowners have every incentive to reduce their energy usage and landscape their properties in a way that contributes to environmental health rather than degrading it further.

The book is structured into useful sections such as "Arranging the Landscape to Help Cool a House in Summer", "Situating New Homes with Energy in Mind" and "Fitting the Landscape to the Land", which shares excellent tips for landscaping on slopes. Even if you're in the midst of a current landscaping or construction project, the section "Revise your Ideas to Fit the Terrain" is worth reading before you do any more work! In New England, where every property seems to be situated on some kind of hill, Sue's book will help you understand how to work with the challenges of your landscape and turn them into design features that enhance your property's beauty and usefulness.

Landscaping sections include designing gardens to reduce water usage, how to have a green, healthy lawn without using toxic chemicals, and information on how to properly plant trees and shrubs. Considering that most plant deaths that happen in the first few years occur because of improper planting (by homeowners as well as poorly trained landscapers!), this is advice that will save you money!
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