Thinking About Building a New House
Jackie and I have started to think about building a house. We own an acre and a half of land just to the West of Tyler Texas and we have been slowly and steadily building up the money we need to get started. Right now we have a tiny house in town, but it is barely big enough for the two of us. It is perfect for starting out, but now it has served the original purpose. We have started to think about how to create a house that would be efficient to operate, the full article would be to build a house which did not cost you much money at all to live in. In fact there is a way you can do this, but it is a very radical solution and we are not really all that interested in building a house that is quite this much a departure from the normal.
In essence the way to save power is to use the insulating power of the Earth itself to protect you from the heat of summer and the cool of winter. It is a simple idea. If you lived in a cave it would stay a constant temperature all year around. So you can build a house which is under enough soil and it is going to stay a constant temperature as well. If you think about the cost of cooling a place in Texas this is a huge sum. We do not want to go that far, but we have been thinking that our land is on a bit of a slope and so it would be relatively simple for us to build the place with a full basement. This guy I know has his house like that and they spend nearly all their time down in the basement because it is easy to cool it down.