Benefits of Living in an Underground Shelter or Home

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earth_lodge_64You don't have to be a hobbit to live in an underground home.In fact, the environmentally-conscious living trend is as hot as it is cool!

Using the natural insulating properties of soil, people who build their homes underground can save a substantial amount in heating and cooling.

Underground homes (also known as earth sheltered homes) may be built into a hillside, or constructed near a hill and then covered with earth on the sides and over the top. The primary idea is energy efficiency.  Earth''s natural insulation helps reduce cooling costs in summer and heating costs during the winter from 60-85%!

Lest you think that underground homes are dark, cold and dank... think again! Many of these structures are built into the sides of hills or berms, opening out to allow substantial amounts of light in at the front. Air quality is often better than "traditional" buildings. And as for temperature, think about the basement in your home - its often the most comfortable no matter the season.

In addition to the insulation and cost-saving features, some people that live in earth-sheltered homes feel safer... less vulnerable to vandalism and theft. In addition, natural disasters such as tornadoes and fire seem less threatening when you live in an underground home. Insect invasion is also reduced and there is a lowered risk of pipes freezing in the winter.

What more could you ask for?

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