The Roanoker - September/October 2014 - 88
Two families looking to make
energy efficiency a way of life
in their new homes found an
environmentally friendly haven
in Mount Tabor Meadows, a
Blacksburg community comprised
of all EarthCraft-certified homes.
Though different in size, both
homes are equipped with green
features suitable for any space.
BY JENNY KINCAID BOONE
PHOTOS BY WILLIAM MAHONE
88 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014
FOR AT LEAST TWO MONTHS this past spring
and summer, Joan and Howard Smith did not pay
an electric bill.
There wasn't a monthly balance to pay, except for
an $8 service fee to American Electric Power.
The Smiths Craftsman-style Blacksburg home,
which sits on a corner, atop a neat manicured lawn
surrounded by sidewalks in the quaint Mount Tabor
Meadows community, appears relatively standard
from the outside.
Look a little closer. Most every feature of the
house is energy efficient. There are rooftop solar
panels, disguised in black to match the top of the
house. The bottom half of the home is built mostly
underground, atop a sloping lot.
Inside, hardly a sound can be heard from the
outside, despite the roar of construction vehicles and
crews building several new houses a few doors away.
EarthCraft Virginia ranked this 3,200-squarefoot house No. 2 in the state in 2013 for energy