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Selection and placement of trees and plants can help reduce summer heat, and allow for heat gain in the winter. Shading the house and roof can reduce the inside temperature of the home. Deciduous trees (those that lose leaves in the winter) provide summer shade. After the leaves fall, they allow the sun rays to enter the home (adding warmth) during cold weather. Landscaping provides energy savings by diverting winter winds. Evergreens or other properly placed structures, can divert cold north and north west winds away from the home in the winter.
For more information on why, how, and where to plant shade trees and windbreaks, see to the following publications: