March 14th is National Underground America Day. This day is to recognize those approximate 6000 persons living in an underground structure of some sort across North America. The goal of today is to celebrate and observe the variety of lifestyles, the benefits of underground living, and the architecture of underground dwellings.
Cave dwellings go back as far as 2.5 million years. According to this historical information, people lived in caves or other hidden structures to help protect them from predators and the elements. While these first houses were likely more crudely formed than cave homes of today, they still served their purpose of protecting people from the elements and potential predators.
There are many great benefits to caves or subterranean living. First, it can save a lot on energy as it’s far easier to keep shelters cooler in the summer months, and they tend to stay at an even temperature all winter long. This makes it easier to maintain your body temperature.
Others opt for an underground lifestyle that is simply an earth home covered with grass or other earthen materials. These types of dwellings are surrounded on all sides by earth or soil. Like cave-dwelling, these homes are also easier to maintain when it comes to heating and cooling as the earth helps to protect the home from the harsher atmospheric elements.
Another great advantage to living in a cave or underground home is less danger during a tornado, hurricane, or even an earthquake. Some of these dwellings are even protected from fire hazards. The biggest issue with such houses is the water or moisture accumulation which is a natural process for most such dwellings due to the condensation. There are, however, many ways to deal with such issues on the market today.
Of course, one of the most significant downsides to living in such dwellings is the lack of natural lighting from the windows. However, to combat this, many more modern dwellings have installed solar power, light reflectors that can help reflect the natural lighting back into the dwelling, and other features that help keep the home feeling more open and less open claustrophobic.
Upon entry to such a dwelling, it may be only natural to feel a bit claustrophobic. However, as you go into the home further, you’re likely to forget that you’re in such a dwelling and start to appreciate the unique surroundings that are all around you. Most of these dwellings are open and airy and feel very comfortable.
How To Observe Underground America Day
There are many great ways to observe Underground America Day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Tour an underground home or area near you. Many regions also have Underground Towns that can be toured.
- Read about cave dwellers or underground living.
- Consider the pros and cons of underground living.
Share with social media with #UndergroundAmericaDay how you chose to celebrate and observe Underground America Day.
With so many rent increases and hikes, many are turning to alternative housing options. Would you consider living underground if it meant a lower price in rent? Would you consider building your own home in a cave or underground subterranean dwelling if you had the option? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section.