Typically, when one thinks of living underground, it
conjures up images of Bilbo Baggins relaxing with a nice
pipe in his Hobbit Hole. While books of fantasy have made
living underground quite appealing and adventurous, for
many people it has become a way of life.
A few individuals, couples, families have decided to
live in underground mansions as a means of helping to
save the environment and also live in style (swimming
pools, theatres, tennis courts). Now, environmentalists
many be conflicted about the whole "mansion"
thing including more building materials used, but there
are at least four distinct advantages to living in an
underground luxury home (which are true of most subsurface
4 Advantages …
The first advantage of burrowing deep into the countryside
is the weather. Up on the surface, the weather can take
a serious toll on your home. Rain, sleet, snow, and wind
can do serious damage to your house. When your home is
beneath the surface, these are no longer problems you
need to worry about. Temperatures underground stay about
the same all year long, regardless of season. The average
temperature is around 60 degrees. This means you no longer
need to spend massive amounts of money to warm or cool
your home, which means less fossil fuels being burned
Second, constructing a mansion underground means less
destruction of the natural habitats of the Earth (your
rooftop can be a garden). Mankind has been progressing,
which isn't a bad thing, but often times it is at the
expense of a particular environment and the creatures
that live in that habitat. Living underground means that
people will no longer seek to destroy these environments,
nor will they need to do so to construct adequate living
quarters. This will help preserve wildlife for future
generations to enjoy. Other creatures will have the freedom
to move about without worry of being entangled in mankind's
machines and technology.
Third, living in underground mansions puts you in closer
proximity to nature. While big cities seem to have pushed
many of us closer together, the truth of the matter is,
we've never been farther apart. This type of lifestyle
would lead to people being closer to animals and life
they never would've been close to in the surface world.
This will give individuals a deeper respect for the diversity
of life that can be found on Earth. With a deeper respect,
comes a deeper sense of responsibility for the care of
Green Underground Mansion
Fourth, saving energy is possible with a luxury underground
dwelling. If the subsurface dream home is equipped with
renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal,
microhydro or a combination, then the mansion could actually
be a clean energy producer rather than a dark energy taker.
Community Matters …
Whole communities could be built underground where everyone
could be connected, yet still have their own personal
spaces. These kinds of large, comfortable luxury homes
would reduce the amount of carbon being pumped into the
atmosphere, and would end up saving people a lot of money
when it comes to their energy bills.
The culture today is shifting, as more people are becoming
aware of the damage that people have done to the environment,
and they continue to search for ways to become more efficient.
While there are only a handful of people living in mansions
deep underground (think converted decommission missile
silos), it could perhaps, one day in the not so distant
future, become normal to see whole families or even towns
spring up under the earth.