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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Two very different houses

House #1*
   A 20 room mansion (not 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. The average bill for electricity
and
   natural gas runs over $2400 per month. In natural gas alone, this
property
   consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American
home. This
   house is not situated in a Northern or Midwestern 'snow belt' area.
It's in
   the South.

   *House #2*
   Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national
university.
   This house incorporates every 'green' feature current home
construction
   can provide. The house is 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is
nestled on
   a high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the
house
   holds geothermal heat-pumps drawing groundwater through pipes sunk
300
   feet 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 consumes one-quarter 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.
   Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the
property to
   blend into the surrounding rural landscape.

   ~~~~~
   HOUSE #1 is outside of Nashville, Tennessee; it is the abode of the
   'environmentalist' Al Gore.

   HOUSE #2 is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas;
   it is the residence of the former President of the United States,
George
   W. Bush.

You can verify it at : http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/house.asp