posted on Dec, 31 2006 @ 08:18 PM
I'm posting here because I thought this would be the best forum for the environmentally "friendly" house that I have dreamed of for years.
In my dreams, it sits on about 20-30 acres, and has a barn, silo, and some cultivation (i.e. feed for the cows and horses) as well as trees that I
could harvest and replant for a renewable fuel source. It would be away from the city, but not in the "backwoods."
The house itself would be very open with lots of glass. Why? Because then natural light can be used primarily during the day for lighting, rather
than electric. It would have skylights, as well. The glass would be triple paned for insulation, and the walls/ceilings in the home would have great
insulation as well.
I would have three fireplaces - one in the master bedroom, both for heat as well as looks; in the living room, for the same reason. And in the den,
as well. The kitchen would have a fireplace for cooking (rather different than a regular fireplace).
It would be powered by both solar and wind. Both free, both renewable, and when the sun isn't handy (i.e. during rain or snow), wind usually is. I
also have my own artisan well. I would be offgrid completely, with a solar water heater as well, and enough power generated to power up my electric
farm equipment and cars. And if I had a surplus of power, I'd sell it back to the power company (I have a friend who has this already - no power
bill, and "credit" with the power company should she ever need it...)
I would have my own compost pile, and farm my own veggies fertilizing with the waste from the animals as well as the compost. I'd have a firepit
outside that would handle the rest of the waste generated, and a septic tank (prevents use of city plumbing, all on electric and if you look at your
bill, somewhat expensive). For that which I couldn't burn, I'd bring into town for recycling.
So that's what I'd have in my dream house. Am I likely to get it? Probably not...but I can get some of it, at least. And some states even
subsidize some of the upgrades and installation costs!
What about you? What's your dream house, and is it environmentally friendly?