The Story of Two Houses
Look over the descriptions of the following two houses and see if you
can tell which belongs to an environmentalist:
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
gas. In one month alone this mansion consumes more energy than
American household in an entire year. The average bill for
Natural gas runs over $2,400.00 per month. In natural gas alone (which
last time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property consumes more
times the national average for an American home. This house is not in a
northern or Midwestern "snow belt," either. 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
provide. The house contains only 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) 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
such as oil or natural gas, and it consumes 25% of the electricity
a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is
and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from
showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and
into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land
the house. Flowers and shrubs native to the area blend the property into
the surrounding rural landscape.
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HOUSE # 1 (20 room energy guzzling mansion) is outside of Nashville,
Tennessee. It is the abode of that renowned environmentalist (and
filmmaker) Al Gore.
HOUSE # 2 (model eco-friendly house) is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas.
Also known as "the Texas White House," it is the private
residence of the President of the United States, George W. Bush.