The story of two houses.
A 20 room mansion ( including 8 bathrooms) heated
by natural gas. Add on a pool ( and a pool house) and a
separate guest house, all heated by gas.
In one month this residence consumes more energy than
the average American household does in a year.
In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 20
times the national average for an American Home.
This house in not situated n a Northern or Midwestern
" Snow Belt" area. It's in the South.
Designed by an architectural professor at a leading national
This house incorporates every "green" feature current home
construction can provide. The house is 4000 square feet
(4 bedrooms) and is nestled on an arid, high prairie in the
A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat-pumps
drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 ft into the
ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in
the winter and cools it in the summer.
The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas
and it comsumes one-quarter electricity requred for a conventional
Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into
underground purifying ranks and then into the cistern.
The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the
Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable
the proberty to blend into the surrounding rual landscape.
House # 1 is outside Nashville, Tennessee; it is the abode
of the "environmentalist" Al Gore.
House #2 is on a ranch near Crawfor, Texas; it is the
residence of the President of the United States, George Bush