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Super-Energy-Efficient Houses Offer Market-Based Choice to Save Money, Homes and Lives WITHOUT Regulation or Fossil-Fuel Industry Resistance



There's a storm brewing on the horizon, and it's getting bigger all the time. Most people know by now that we need to find a non-political way to stop climate change. But since any action we take now won't help the climate for at least three more decades, we must also prepare for its effects on our homes and lives in the meantime. Besides that, we must also get ready for the ultimate collapse of the fossil-fuel industry by mid-century, despite our total dependence on it today (more below). Fortunately, we can prepare for this 'super-storm' with just one simple, market-based act:  Reduce our home's fossil-fuel energy needs by increasing its efficiency and adding renewables; or better yet, replace it with a zero-energy 'SuperHome' that needs no fossil-fuel energy while also withstanding almost any weather disaster that climate change can throw at it!

A century ago Mark Twain said, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it", and with super-storms, super-El Nino's, super-floods, super-droughts and super-wildfires, that's even more true today. So why not do something to protect ourselves from the threat while trying to end it?

Imagine living in a home that needs no fossil-fuel energy whatsoever, and very little from any other source. Utility expenses could be non-existent, making it easy to live 'off-the-grid' with just the addition of a few solar panels. There would be no carbon emissions, allowing climate change to slow, stop and eventually reverse back to normal. At the same time, there would be no worrying about severe storms, fire, mold, mildew, or even termites, because the same features that make the house super-energy-efficient can also make it almost indestructible. What's more, this 'SuperHome' wouldn't have to cost any more than a 'normal' house of the same size and style, and could save thousands of dollars in utilities and upkeep each year.

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