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America’s Heartland host Paul Ryan has an interest in earth-friendly construction and energy-efficient buildings. In fact, he lives in a passive-solar house that is situated so that the winter sun floods its more than 40 windows but the summer sun passes overhead which helps the house stay cooler. He also lives part-time in an adobe house in southern Arizona. Because of its small size (barely 600 square feet) and its thick walls it tends to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, helping keep energy costs down.