| Published: November 10, 2009 – 11:41 am
I happen to live up the street from one Ed Begley Jr. Oh yes, he’s a big time Hollywood actor. I say Hollywood, even though he, like me, lives in the great bit less prestigious Studio City. And oh yes, he’s been a green-living guy for many years. Ah, but I’m right behind him.
Since the early 1990′s, Ed has had solar panels, photovoltaic thin sheets of specially prepared silicon that convert sunlight directly into electricity. Oh yes, Ed’s got a brand new integrated solar heating and solar drinkable hot water system. Oh yes, Ed’s got a garden from which he gets plenty of vegetables. He’s got an on-site composter, too. And oh yes, Ed’s got a drought tolerant, what we like to call “xeriscaped,” yard. In Greek, “xeri” is “dry.” But I too, have all (well almost all) of these things. Ha! Begley; take that!
My claim is that my stuff looks better. I designed my hot water system four years ago, before his new fancy rig was available. But, I’ll come up with a heating system newer and cooler, er… and warmer, too.
Ed often indicates that he doesn’t much care how things look. Well, I guess not. That’s why he’s got his own show, on which he argues, er… discusses these issues with Rachelle, his wife.
My hope is that, through this friendly little competition, we can show people what is possible to do with energy saving systems right now. Heck, my garden uses much less water than a lawn. I eat the food, and it’s just so pretty. I’m still getting pumpkins well into November.
My next project is to finish my front lawn and xeriscape it. It’s raggedy, having just grown back on its own after I put a new porch out front. The porch saves energy, because it provides shade, and it’s as though I’ve added a new room on the house. It’s so pleasant on the porch that one isn’t inside using air conditioning or even heat most mornings. Ahhh… Ed’s porch is cramped and hardly ever used. Take that, man!
I’m coming after you, Begley! I’m going to crush you, Begley! Ha!