Whether landscape design is your primary business or you recently expanded your operations to offer the service, this infographic from the U.S. Department of Energy is offers a quick reference on how to reduce your client's energy consumption and bills.

For example, according to the Energy Saver 101 document, strategically placed trees can provide shade and block wind, which can save a up to 25 percent of a typical home’s energy use.

"That’s because research has shown that summer air temperatures in tree-shaded neighborhoods can be 3 to 6 degrees cooler than treeless areas," explains the infographic.

If a homeowner wants to shade the property for solar heat gain, create a windbreak, or conserve water, the Energy Saver 101 document provides a breakdown of the best approach to achieve the desired affect.

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