Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Bush Beats Gore Again : This Time on Home Environment

Former Vice President Gore has an energy guzzling home and President Bush has an energy friendly home. It is being reported that Gore has a 20-room home and pool house that used 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours. The Gore 2006 energy bill: $30,000 - enough for the average person to live on. Just like the Hollywood stars advertising their Prius but not their other 10 cars and 5 homes, the former VP is living large. We are sure he will do something about it, just as he did with the leaking underground storage tanks at the Naval Observatory when he lived there.

By contrast President Bush's 4,000 square foot home in Crawford, Texas is eco-friendly and uses geothermal heat pumps located in a central closet circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground where the temperature is a constant 67 degrees. The water heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. It uses about 25% of the electricity that traditional heating and cooling systems utilize. A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof runs; wastewater from sinks, toilets and showers goes into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is used to irrigate the landscaping surrounding the four-bedroom home. (Source: Chicago Times)

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