So what was that former Vice President Al Gore saying about global warming? That we should be more attentive to the problem of wasting energy?
Not so fast, Mr. Second Chakra.
It turns out that in the last 12 months, Gore’s 10,070-square-foot, 20 room mansion near Nashville, Tennessee, expended more than 21 times more energy than the average U.S. household, according to a report from the National Center for Public Policy Research.
The report was based on data obtained from the Nashville Electric Service (NES) which powers Gore’s home and most of Nashville. Gore’s estate used 230,889 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity, compared to the 10,812 kWh a year used by the typical American household, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
The report states that Gore’s estate “guzzled 30,993 kWh of electricity — an amount more than 34 times the national monthly average … With an average consumption of 22.9 kWh per square foot over the past year, Gore’s home classifies as an ‘energy hog’ under standards developed by Energy Vanguard — a company specializing in energy efficiency methods.”
The 33 solar panels installed on the estate generated only 5.7% of the energy his home gobbled; the bulk of his electricity comes from NES, largely derived from coal, nuclear power and natural gas.
All of this consumption of power follows Gore’s revamping of the estate in 2007 after a report revealing that Gore used over 220,000 kWh of electricity a year at the home. That means Gore’s estate uses 10,000 kWh more than it did ten years ago.