Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Tale of Two Houses

This one is very true.

I do wish this kind of stuff would make the news, but it won’t!

HOUSE # 1: This house has 20-rooms (not including 8 bathrooms) and is heated by natural gas. In addition, there is a pool (and a pool house) and a separate
guest house all heated by gas. In an average month, this house consumes
more energy than the average American household in an average year.

The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2,400 per month.
In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 20 times the national
average for an American home. This house is not in a northern or Midwestern
"snow belt". It's in the South.

HOUSE # 2: Designed by an architecture professor, this house incorporates every "green" feature current home construction can provide. The house contains only 4,000 square feet (4 bed rooms) and is nestled on arid high prairie in the
American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat
pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground.
The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in winter and cools it in
summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas, and it
consumes 25% of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Native flowers and shrubs native to the area blend the property into the surrounding rural landscape.

HOUSE #1 is outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the private residence of Al Gore.
HOUSE # 2 is near Crawford, Texas. It is the private residence of George W. Bush