In the midst of this heat wave, I downright whimpered as I left the lovely air-conditioned office building to return to my hot apartment where I've only a dinky fan to cool me down. I spent the subway ride racking my brain for any nearby caves I could spend the night in, but then I realized that a Low Impact Woodland Home would be a much more charming place to reside. This hobbit-like dwelling stays cool in the summer without contributing to global warming, and is just generally super energy efficient, thanks to its straw bale insulated floor and walls. 


This house gets its water via gravity from a nearby spring, and in the winter is heated by a woodburner. It only took four months, less than 1500 hours of work, and about $6,500 to create. Learn more about why this home has such a low-impact on the environment by visiting their website.

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In case you’re unaware, and possibly living in a cave yourself, J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings book series includes the Shire region, which is populated by the Hobbits. Hobbits are small, hairy people who eat seven meals a day, and they also live in houses built into hillsides.

Gandalf visiting Bilbo Baggins’ home via The Lord of the Hallows blog:

Of course, I realize this doesn’t provide much instant gratification, so check out BUST's previous blog with tips for instant cooling

Original Source: Dornob

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