I never thought I would be writing about George W. Bush as an example on my green living blog. Whether you liked him or not while he was in office, one thing that most people don’t know is that the ranch he spent so much time at during his presidency was actually a fairly modest, green home.
Now, to be perfectly honest, it probably wasn’t George that suggested their home be built with environmentally friendly specs. I believe a friend referred them to an architect, David Heymann, who was an advocate of sustainable design. He is also a Professor of Architecture at University of Texas at Austin.
The house is 4,000 square feet and is heated and cooled with a geothermal pump. A pipe is drilled 300 feet into the ground and as water is pumped through the pipe, it is regulated to about 67 degrees. That water is then pumped through the house which heats it in the winter and cools it in the summer. It has a rainwater collection system and also collects grey water from the sinks and shower, filters that water and uses it to irrigate the land around the house. Of course, like any other eco friendly home, there are solar panels.
Does this make up for the environmental damage he did while in office? That’s a debate for a different blog. At least he has a house that is eco friendly which is more than I expected him to have.