The author's earth sheltered Colorado home is comfortable and energy-efficient.
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The soil bermed around this home in Tempe, Arizona, helps the house keep its cool.
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.
Chart: Comparing earth sheltered options.
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This home in Applegate, California, combines the benefits of earth sheltering with passive-solar gain.
An earth sheltered home buried into a hill of grass.
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