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Understanding your climate zone can help you determine the best energy-saving landscaping strategies for your home. <a href="/energysaver/articles/landscaping-energy-efficient-homes">Learn more about landscaping for energy-efficient homes</a>.

Understanding your climate zone can help you determine the best energy-saving landscaping strategies for your home. Learn more about landscaping for energy-efficient homes.

A well-designed landscape provides more than just aesthetics for your home; it also can reduce your heating and cooling costs. For the greatest comfort and energy savings, consider your climate and watering needs, as well as your home's microclimate, wind, and shade when designing your landscape. 

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Landscaping is a natural and beautiful way to keep your home cool in summer and reduce your energy bills.

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Rebates & Tax Credits

Federal tax credits for the following products expired at the end of 2016:
 

  • Insulation materials
  • Windows, doors, and skylights
  • Efficient roofs
  • Heating, cooling, and water heating equipment.

If you made these improvements in 2015 or 2016, file form 5695 with your taxes to claim the credit.
Learn more about the tax credits and find state or local incentives.