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Bobby's Bama: Blount Co. solar home

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BLOUNT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

This house may look like other stucco homes, but take a closer look through the "window of truth."

"The walls are made of bales of wheat straw," explained tour guide and solar consultant Daryl Bergquist.

The home was constructed with the windows facing true south. There is also a small overhang.

"In the summer, that overhang shades the windows," Bergquist said.

He said that keeps the house cooler. "In the winter, the sun is low in the sky and it comes in through the windows and it heats the house," he added.

The windows have three layers of glass which help with insulation. There is also help with heating, air conditioning and all things electrical.

"The power that comes from both the solar rays comes and charges these batteries. These are recycled phone company batteries."

Rain water is captured and filtered several times before it's used. Space-age insulation surrounds both the refrigerator and freezer.

The builder and homeowner is electrical engineer Alden Brindle. Brindle described the process of building the house thusly: "It was kind of like my brain hurt 'cause I was always having to think, how are we going to do this? How are we going to do that?"

There are extras, like a food dryer to help in storing organically grown food.

Brindle said he loves feeling in harmony with nature. "You know, self sufficiency. It feels good. It's kind of like a hobby you put a lot of time and energy into," he said.

Bergquist takes us next to the mountain top. "This is a ridge top underground house, built into the side of the hill," he described.

Again, it's open to the north and south, but covered in earth on the east and west.

Water from the sinks and the washing machine go into a separate septic tank. That water is filtered and used in the garden.

Skylights add warmth. Closets in this house are on the interior of the house to avoid moisture, mold and mildew.

Getting a closer look at homes in harmony with nature in Bobby's Bama.

A tour of this environmentally-freindly house is Oct. 5 and 6.

For more info, email or visit the website. You can also call 205-429-3088.

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