Save on electricity for a cool half million near Taos
The New York Times put out an article Wednesday showing houses in different parts of the country that are on the market for $500,000.
They highlight a house in El Prado, near Taos, known as the “Earthship House.” It sits on a 340-acre subdivision with about 70 other “off the grid” homes with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is built with earth-filled tires that retain and release heat, making the house a consistent 70 degrees no matter what the weather conditions are outside.
The house is part of the Greater World Community, a 340-acre subdivision with about 70 off-grid homes, 20 minutes south of Taos. It sits at 6,800 feet, with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
INDOORS Designed by Michael Reynolds, a longtime practitioner of sustainable architecture, the house is built with earth-filled tires that retain and release heat. Despite the region’s extreme weather conditions, the temperature inside is consistently about 70 degrees. The house produces its own electricity, collects and filters water from rain and snowmelt, and treats sewage on site. Gray water is recycled for plants in a greenhouse that runs the length of the building and includes a fishpond. Natural ventilation is provided through buried cooling tubes and operable vent boxes.
The interior contains a kitchen that opens onto a living-and-dining area and two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Custom and energy-saving features include copper kitchen counters, energy-efficient appliances, decorative stained glass made from recycled bottles, and clay-based paint throughout. The floors are flagstone and concrete.
It will set you back $515,000.