Earth Sheltered Homes: Comfortable, Affordable and Energy Efficient

Dan Chiras discusses the advantages of earth sheltered homes, includes information on earth sheltered homes that are comfortable, affordable and energy efficient.



The author's earth sheltered Colorado home is comfortable and energy-efficient.
The author's earth sheltered Colorado home is comfortable and energy-efficient.
PHOTO: DAN CHIRAS
The soil bermed around this home in Tempe, Arizona, helps the house keep its cool.
The soil bermed around this home in Tempe, Arizona, helps the house keep its cool.
PAMM MCFADDEN
This partially underground, earth sheltered home near Overbrook, Kansas, was designed to thwart the brisk Midwestern winds while providing a sunny, sheltered courtyard that owners Larry and DeeAnn Woodson say remains enjoyable almost year-round.
This partially underground, earth sheltered home near Overbrook, Kansas, was designed to thwart the brisk Midwestern winds while providing a sunny, sheltered courtyard that owners Larry and DeeAnn Woodson say remains enjoyable almost year-round.
MICHAEL REEDER
Chart: Comparing earth sheltered options.
Chart: Comparing earth sheltered options.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF
This home in Applegate, California, combines the benefits of earth-sheltering with passive-solar gain.
This home in Applegate, California, combines the benefits of earth sheltering with passive-solar gain.
PAMM MCFADDEN
An earth sheltered home buried into a hill of grass.
An earth sheltered home buried into a hill of grass.
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