If the missed this article in the August 22-23, Wall Street Journal's special section titled, "Weekend Journal", it is a most informative and humours read. Adams say, "I live in a log with a family of chipmunks, but your willingness to recycle is good too." Adams says, "No one said it would be easy to build the greenest house on the block, told me about perplexing energy bills, ugly lawns, and the true meaning of 'green'."
Adams said he got sold and hired an architect who later became his engineer also, asks you to sign a document saying you won't sue them when beavers eat a load-bearing wall and your entire family is crushed by forest debris.
He continues "the greenest house is the one you don't build. If you really want to save the earth, move in with another family and share a house that's already been built. Better yet, live in the forest and eat whatever the squirrels don't want. Don't brag about riding your bicycle to work a lot of energy went into building that bicycle. Stop being a hypocrite like me."
After pointing out that "greening" is hyped beyond possibilities and that "his contribution to the well-being is joining the early adopters (OK, idiots) so that those who follow have better information and lower costs for green building."
There is no doubt that "greening" has been oversold and the "over-sellers" have and are making a bundle at a lot of people's ignorance and expense.
Anyway, Adams, as usual, wrote a very interesting, informative, funny article. Pull it up and read it. It may some some of you eager-beaver "greeners" a lot of money and stress.