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Everyone talks about saving the planet these days, and it's good to do your part, but it's even better when your earth-friendly landscaping can keep that other all-important green safely in the bank. Here are some useful tips that manage to be both kinds of "green living," keeping your wallet fat and your yard gorgeous.

Bushes, Trees, and Shrubbery

Trees can serve a variety of purposes in your landscaping. If you’re planning on staying in a property for a while, you can plant young saplings of fast-growing trees in strategic locations, and as they grow, they will provide shade and windbreaks. Go for trees with full leafy branches and plant them near windows and on the southern, eastern and western sides of your home to shade them during the summer, keeping down your cooling bills. Deciduous trees lose their leaves before the winter, which allows that same suns warmth in, keeping down your heating bills.

If you reside in a windy location, a stand of evergreen trees can be the perfect windbreak. Blocking the wind from your house reduced the extra chill caused by windy winter storms and can help chip away at those heating costs as well. If you get dense enough foliage, you can block up to eighty percent of the wind. Try to plant two or even three rows where you can for the best protection.

Bushes also create useful shade. Planting them around your air conditioning unit helps it stay cooler and can increase efficiency up to 10% which goes a long way towards reducing your overall costs. You need to keep the inner side of these bushes well-trimmed and out of the direction of the vents, so leave at least a three-foot gap and plan for shrubs tall enough to shade the whole space.

Grass and Other Ground Cover Options

Open flat areas great places for snow to settle and create blank white reflective fields. Those "snowfields" reflect sunlight onto your home and increase the general radiant heat effect of the winter sun, helping to heat your home cost-free. In the summer, those same flat areas allow heat to dissipate in the summer, keeping your home cooler in those hottest of months. Keeping your landscaping elements low or spaced out can increase your opportunities for breezes in hot climates.

In more cold climates, stick to the lighter ground covering like stone and concrete that will reflect heat into your home even when not covered in snow. In warmer areas or areas with definitively warmer months, stick to darker ground coverings like grass, mulch, dark stone and wood chips which absorb heat all day and then release throughout the cool of the evening and overnight.

Talk to your local real estate agent about the best local landscapers. They will be able to help you plan the most energy efficient and beautiful garden.



646 LANE Road, Chester, NH 03036

Single-Family

$825,000
Price

4
Bedrooms
12
Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Is This REALLY in NH? Tired of the traditional and predictable then VISit this contemporary masterpiece that will delight you every day of the year, where NATURAL LIGHT baths the open contiguous spaces that synergize three bountiful levels of living. RENOVATED with passion and WORLD CLASS energy efficient fixtures/fittings/materials. The vaulted two-story GREAT ROOM has a dramatic stone fireplace & 8 wide hardwood flooring, and flows to the eat-in kitchen, appointed with QUARTZ SURFACES/backsplash, CHEF QUALITY stainless steel appliances inc. a Wolf 5 burner cooktop, oversized Viking refrigerator & double ovens. The 1ST FLOOR MASTER SUITE has a luxury master bathroom bathed in natural light features a dual vanity, & an over-sized tiled shower with Hansgrohe shower heads. Upstairs an additional two bedrooms share full bath. A front to back home office (or media room) has direct access to the wrap around 100ft mahogany deck/balcony. The lower level is ideal for GUESTS offering a bedroom, rec./gym room, fireplace (plumbed for a bathroom). OTHER NEW UPDATES: Marvin sliders & windows, skylights, 3-season screen porch, 8 wide hardwood on 3 floors, a 4 BR leach field, 3-zone central air, new furnace, 10kw auto generator & a pellet stove. A SERENE AND PRIVATE 4.97 acres in a quality lifestyle TOWN with TOP Chester Academy & Pinkerton Academy, local EQUESTRIAN resources and an EASY COMMUTE to highways/airports (20 min to Manchester & 1 hour to BOSTON/Logan). VISit today!
Open House
Sunday
September 15 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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46 STOWELL Road, Bedford, NH 03110

Single-Family

$399,000
Price

3
Bedrooms
10
Rooms
2/1
Full/Half Baths
ALL OFFERS TO BE PRESENTED TO OWNER ON SUNDAY 9/1 Your new home in Bedford, located on charming STOWELL ROAD with a "country road feel", an ideal commuter-convenient location, only 10 minutes to RT 3 & 17 minutes to Manchester airport. This spacious home has 3,160 sq ft of living space, newly refinished hardwood floors 1st & 2nd floors, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths , a large vaulted 1st floor office with separate front door (could be an inlaw), and an open floor plan perfect for gatherings. The formal living and dining room flow to the informal spaces. The family room features a cathedral ceiling, wood burning fireplace and wide oak floors and is open to the center-island kitchen. Additional first floor spaces include a year-round sunroom as well as a studio/office. Upstairs, the front-to-back master bedroom features twin vanities, a soaking tub, a walk-in shower and a custom walk-in closet. The walkout lower level has a rec. room/bar area, media/game room, and an exercise area. The private, level back yard is perfect for a pool or playing ball, and has an oversized shed. The circular driveway arrival makes for an easy arrival for your guests, and abundant parking and garages for 2.5 (3) cars/vehicles. This is a great opportunity to live in Bedford a great town with an Award-winning school district with IB program. VISit Today!
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Saturday
September 14 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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106 CHESTNUT HILL Road, Amherst, NH 03031

Single-Family

$1,389,000
Price

5
Bedrooms
15
Rooms
5/1
Full/Half Baths
Live the DREAM every day in Amherst's Crown Jewel property! Truly OUTSTANDING UNSURPASSED VIEWS TO BOSTON & multiple mountain ranges including the Monadnocks. Wake up to see the sun sparkle off the Pru/John Hancock Tower in BOSTON and have prime viewing for MULTI TOWN (21) 4th of July fireworks events. Meander past the equestrian white fenced fields to this very PRIVATE ESTATE, with low tax (current use deduction) 13.92 acres and open fields adjoining 3000 acres of conserved land. A timeless, indelible estate.......rare and precious..the home with 1st floor in-law offers an expansive 5,442 sq ft. Open Concept floorplan designed AROUND THE VIEWS: the Great Room with fireplace/coffered ceiling and access to front deck; updated center-island kitchen with granite surfaces, farmers sink, wine fridge, hardwood floors and custom birch cabinets adj. the dining area. There are 2 decks for enjoying the outdoors & views. All new Energy Star rated windows; automatic generator, security system, central vac and central A/C, plus a FUEL EFFICIENT outdoor wood boiler (2 choices of heating systems). Attached 6-car garage (2 new ones being added), NEW FRONT CEDAR SHAKE SIDING BEING ADDED prior to closing; multiple large sheds for outdoor toy/tool storage . Equestrian neighborhood, 17 minutes to the airport. ONCE IN A LIFETIME rare offering......Live your dream.. VISit today !
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Saturday
September 14 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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28 SHORE Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054

Single-Family

$699,000
Price

5
Bedrooms
12
Rooms
3/2
Full/Half Baths
SUN-SATIONAL.....A truly mesmerizing Baboosic Lake property with expansive westerly waterfront views (appx. 100 ft. frontage) 2 docks, plus TWO year round HOMES. The waterfront MAIN HOME has appx. 2,864 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and 2 garages and the RANCH/Guest House has approx. 546sft. WATERFRONT LIVING: Year round enjoyment from many locations, inside and out. Cast your gaze across the water from the cozy 12 x 20 4-Season SUN ROOM, or sit outside on the 12 x 25 Deck, or go to 12 x 12 patio with firepit, surrounded by beautiful landscaping, or sit serenely at the dock or inside the waterside screen house.....so many choices! There are two family rooms and both offer dynamic water and sunset views. MANY UPDATES inc: new bath with marble vanity and multi-head shower; new windows. PLUS there is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath 546 sq ft house perfect for guests or rental income! PUBLIC WATER plus a well for irrigation. Super convenient to RT 101, 20 minutes to Manchester airport. Active Lake Association for ice cream socials, boat parades and picnics. Watch 4th of July fireworks across the lake for multiple towns. Swim, water ski and fish on 228 acre Baboosic Lake! Enjoy YEAR ROUND or as a SUMMER Retreat....avoid the slow long drive to northern lakes....be on your boat in minutes...! A PRICELESS setting and TIMELESS MEMORIES. VISit today. Seller will consider all reasonable offers!
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