Tuesday

al gore uses hella lots of energy

Al and Tipper - just the two of them - apparently live in a 10,000 square foot Nashville mansion that sucks up about $1,200 EACH MONTH in energy. Yowza.

They need to read some SARAH SUSANKA.

(Although now that I think about it, a 10,000 square foot house that only has a $1200 a month energy bill is probably pretty energy efficient overall. But it's still awfully ginormous for only two people.)

Our house seems enormous to me, having moved to it from a house under 1500 square feet. It's about 3500 square feet. Although I love our house, I do often miss the coziness of my smaller house. And I look forward to making our current house more and more energy efficient as we are able. We are starting with small things, like switching all our bulbs to compact flourescent.

7 comments:

Les Jones said...

The $1,359 per month is for electricity only. There's another $1,080 per month for his average natural gas bill.

Ma Turner said...

At least $1,080 for the gas bill. Our less-than-1000 sq. ft. home's gas bill is at least 3x the electricity bill during the winter. Yikes.

Anonymous said...

Be sure you properly dispose of those bulbs. There is some debate now as to whether they are more environmentally friendly because they shouldn't be tossed in the trash, but there aren't many places that accept dead ones for proper disposal.

Anonymous said...

A hypocritical ecologist to say the very least.I am not surprised though.Just another example of narcisisstic, political consumption.

Nashville Knucklehead said...

I've seen that house. It has a remarkable resemblence to the house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C.

Elizabeth said...

After I saw An Inconvenient Truth I had very ambivalent feelings. I felt like wow! this is in the mainstream media and in a non-indie movie theater and it's a message that's finally getting out to the masses. But why does it show Al Gore, in a surprisingly high number of scenes, either at an airport or driving? I didn't see him walking to get anywhere.

I admit that I do not do nearly as much as I could on these fronts. But if I was going to make a documentary about the environment, I'd definitely show the times I do walk, ride a bike, or take public transit. I'd show the ways we can cut down on waste and the ties between waste and gas consumption. I don't feel like there was any real sacrifice on Al Gore's part, from what I could see in the movie. This kind of is along those lines--a humongous house for two people. It definitely takes more energy, more "stuff", more gasoline to have a house that size.

Anonymous said...

yet another example of a "do as I say, not as I do" liberal.