The United States can be divided into four approximate climatic regions: temperate, hot-arid, hot-wet and cool. The average energy to keep the landscape strategies you use should depend on the region you live. These landscaping strategies by region are listed in order below.
Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25% of a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling.
The atmosphere that surrounds your home is called its microclimate. If your house is located on a southern slope, it may have a warm microclimate, even if you live in a cold region. Or, even though you live in a hot-humid region, your home may be situated in a comfortable microclimate because of abundant shade and dry breezes. Proximity to water may increase your site’s humidity or lower its air temperature.
Your home’s microclimate may be more sunny, shady, windy, calm, rainy, snowy, moist, or dry than average local conditions. These factors all help determine what plants may or may not grow in your microclimate.