Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Tale of Two Houses...

Since the Archdiocese of Washington DC has an Enviromental Outreach Department (do we really need one?), which sponsored a Faith, Environment and Stewardship Conference, I thought I would share with all of you something that they probably did not mention at the conference.

A Tale of Two 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 drawin g ground water 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.

Scroll down to see who is the owner of each house...

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.

An 'inconvenient truth.'

I sure hope this gets passed to everyone!

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Anonymous said...

Actually, Bush's 'residence' is an 8500 square foot house in Dallas, TX. Crawford is the vacation house.

Gore's domestic indulgences are ridiculuous, but his cheerleading for the environment are, nevertheless, valuable.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the hypocrisy of Tennessee. Tennessee is the most unfriendly place I have ever encountered, and I walked through major northern cities famous for their murder rates.