An Inconvenient Report: Al Gore’s house is an energy hog


A new report has been released on the heels of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” which opened to a limited audience on Friday. A report by Drew Johnson, a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, highlights Gore’s hypocritical home energy use, upon the release of a movie preaching change in that arena.

The movie’s description says “An Inconvenient Sequel,” the follow up documentary to Gore’s 2007 “An Inconvenient Truth,” addresses “the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change and Al Gore’s global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016’s Paris Climate Agreement.”

Johnson’s research reveals that the Gore household currently averages 19,241-kilowatt hours (kWh) per month, over 21 times the amount of energy the average American home uses (901 kWh per month).

Last year, the former vice president’s Nashville home consumed 230,889 kWh, which was described as a “mansion by any measure” in the report. The home includes three electricity meters for the home, a pool and driveway entry gate.

Gore’s home is approximately 10,070 square feet, according to the report. Energy Vanguard says an energy efficient home uses between 5-10 kWh of electricity per square foot each year. Over the last 12 months, Gore’s home sucked down 22.9 kWh per square foot, more that 4-times the electricity considered to be energy efficient. By Vanguard’s standards, homes that use the amount of energy consumed by Gore’s home are labeled “energy hogs,” their worst rating.

The Gore home consumes a great deal of electricity. The average American family consumes an average of 10,812 kWh of electricity per year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Gore, a global warming bell-ringer, devoured 30,993 kWh of electricity in September alone.

In one year, his outdoor heated pool alone consumes more electricity than six typical homes use in a year.

According to Johnson, after Gore won an Academy Award for “An Inconvenient Truth,” Johnson “revealed Gore’s hypocritically high electric bills.” At that time, some months drew 20 times more electricity than a typical home.

Gore vowed to make changes after the report became public. He added 33 solar panels, upgraded the home’s windows and duct work, replaced the home’s insulation, replaced incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs and installed a geothermal heating system. He also kicked in a driveway rainwater collection system, lest his water consumption also be reviewed.

According to the report, the cost of the renovations is estimated at over $250,000.

Gore’s energy consumption increased post renovations, however. His rooftop solar array only produces 5.7 percent of the electricity he needs for his home, which averages to 21 days of electricity generated by the panels over the course of a year.

Gore also subscribes to Nashville Electric Service’s “Green Power Switch,” a program that has customers pay a surcharge to help incorporate electricity produced by renewable energy sources. Gore funds 108 blocks of Green Power Switch energy, each block represents 150 kWh of renewable electricity, increasing his monthly electric bill by $432.

Some of Gore’s defenders credit him for contributing to the program. However, Johnson says:

Of the electricity purchased from the TVA by NES, 39.8% comes from nuclear power plants, 25.8% is generated at coal–fired power plants, 21.5% is produced by burning natural gas, 9.7% is powered by hydroelectric dams and just 3.2% is from wind and solar sources.

NES’s coal-heavy mix of TVA power is the source of the electricity that is flowing into, and hastily devoured by, Gore’s home.

Therefore, the energy being used by Gore’s home comes, in large part, from nuclear and coal–fired power plants.

Just 3% of Gore’s electricity comes from renewable sources, like solar or wind.

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