Despite renovations, a conservative think tank says former Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore is still a “hypocrite” when it comes to the energy consumption at his Belle Meade home.
According to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, the electricity used in Gore’s home during the past year could power 232 U.S. homes for a month despite Gore’s efforts to make the house more energy efficient.
A Gore spokesperson disputes the report from “start to finish.”
TCPR says Nashville Electric Service records show that Gore’s home energy use increased more than 10 percent in the past year.
“A man’s commitment to his beliefs is best measured by what he does behind the closed doors of his own home,” said Drew Johnson, the group’s president, in a statement. “Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.”
On average, the group says Gore has consumed 17,768 kilowatt-hours per month since June 2007, which is 1,638 more than before the renovations. The electric bill totaled $16,533, TCPR claimed in a press release.
The average American household, according to the Energy Information Administration, uses 11,040 KWH a year.
Kalee Kreider, a Gore spokeswoman, said the Gore camp disputes the press release “from start to finish” and said the renovations on the home weren’t complete until November 2007 when it received its LEED certification for energy and environmental design.
“I don’t really know where their apples to apples are in the release,” Kreider said of the TCPR’s June 2007 start date while the renovations weren’t done until November.
Kreider said the Gores have cut their electricity and natural gas usage by about 40 percent since November, adding that the TCPR’s release takes only electricity into account.
The home now has 33 solar panels, a geo-thermal system for heating and cooling, new light bulbs and all new windows, Kreider said.
Gore is a Nobel prize recipient for his work on addressing climate change and his film addressing global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2007.