Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Tale of Two Houses

A Tale of Two Homes
House #1 A 20 room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add o n a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house, all heated by gas. In one month this residence consumes more energy than the average American household does in a year. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2400. In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. This house is not situated in a Northern or Midwestern 'snow belt' area. It's in the South.

House #2 Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university, this house incorporates every 'green' feature current home construction can provide. The house is 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on a high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat-pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas and it consumes one-quarter electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the property to blend into the surrounding rural landscape. ~~~~~

HOUSE #1 is outside of Nashville, Tennessee; it is the abode of the (environmentalist) Al Gore.

HOUSE #2 is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas; it is the residence the of the President of the United States,George W. Bush.

Climate change this week: Al’s Big House (Update)
The Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR) reported this week, “In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy-efficient, the former Vice President’s home energy use surged more than 10%.” TCPR noted Al’s hypocritical use of energy before, and Gore shortly thereafter “scurried to make his home more energy-efficient.” Ironically, however, “Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home’s windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the ‘green’ overhaul.” What are the numbers? Gore’s mansion used 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity in the last year. That’s roughly enough to power 232 average U.S. homes for one month. The 17,768 kWh per month Gore uses now is 1,638 kWh more than before the renovations. The average home uses only 11,040 kWh per year. In the meantime, Big Al has made some big bucks—TCPR notes that his wealth has grown by some $100 million because of speaking fees and global-warming investments. Just remember: Do as he says not as he does.
Reprinted from Patriot post(

Yet ANOTHER update on Al Gore!
Al Gore or own homegrown Nobel Prize winner on pollution was giving a speech in Washington D.C on July 27, 2008 while his fleet of 7 SUVs idled outside with air conditioners running until his speech was done. Afterwards he climbed in with his wonderful wife Tipper and drove off! When will Americans see him for what he really is?


Anonymous said...

Gore is such an a--hole!! Excuse my French!!! We have turned into such a blind

Anonymous said...

Maybe Al Gore can find a place that sells stupidity credit offsets to go along with his carbon credits.

Anonymous said...

I blogged on this very two story house as well some time ago, but I never saw the photos that went with the article.

Nice to see the images too!

Anonymous said...

Of all the democratic positions, this one makes me the maddest, now 31,000 scientists disagree with Al Gore, and now we find out that the ocean temps have stabilized in the last 5 years, what a bunch of BS they are feeding us!

republican patriot said...

Obviously this is a hot topic, and thanks to all the ppl who commented, thanks barb (xerraire), it's funny to see how Gore responded to his criticism, and the failure of his attempt to cure his power gobbling sad....I only consume 420 KWH per month