• Sat, Feb 24 2007

An Inconvenient Green Home

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[picture via Treehugger]

This home seems humble, right? Found in Texas, this 4,000 square foot ranch house sits on a concrete slab running East to West. This has to be in order to take advantage of shade. Well, the porches would help with that right? True, but in this case the porches also act as a hallway between rooms. This is an excellent idea considering the climate. It also lets you use all of your square footage for living spaces not halls. Halls in typical ranch home plans can be killers. You can’t see it in the above picture but there is also low stone apron detail around the perimeter of the home. The stone used for this detail is actually recycled. A good alternative and often gives that “old-country cottage” look.

The homes design is pretty eco-friendly but it doesn’t stop there. In fact the home is heated and cooled geo-thermally. There is also 3 cisterns for collecting rain water, grey-water (showers, washer, dishwasher), and black water from the…(jokes flying) toilet. All of which is purified and used for irrigation around the property.

Now what if I told you this home is actually the Crawford Texas Ranch that President Bush retreats to for R-n-R? Yep, that is who owns this eco-friendly home. I found it very interesting that reading the articles about this home, which is environmentally responsible locally and globally, he is constantly criticized for it.

Since I am not the typical “Kool Aid” drinker, registered Independent,(Means I can’t be loyal to someone just because they are a member of a party) let’s take a look at some of the “hypocrits” they support.

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[picture via Carolina Journal]

The above is a 28,000 square foot home, worth about $6 million dollars and owned by Democratic Presidential hopeful John Edwards. I believe that property required more deforestation than the Artic National Wildlife Refuge drilling proposed by the Devil (The President).

Al Gore, you have to give him credit for trying. He made a movie that will help get people to think. Although it was disheartening to find out that neither of his (three) homes are using alternative energy. Not that he needs to have solar panels or windmills on the property, but he doesn’t even use alternative energy credits offered by the local power districts.

But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted Wednesday, Gore’s office confirmed as much but said the Gores were looking into making the switch at both homes. Talk about inconvenient truths. [via USA Today]

Let’s admit it, we are all a little hypocritical. I mean, the article about Al is from August. I just wish I could have learned more about the design of the home and not the anger toward our President.

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