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