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October 26, 2010

Energy-saving tips from Ed Begley


Most of the time B'more Green focuses on Baltimore, Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. But recently we got a chance to chat briefly with Ed Begley Jr., the Hollywood star for whom green is a way of life and not just a cause.

How could we resist?  We've been a fan of Begley's ever since he played Dr. Victor Ehrlich in the hit 1980s TV series "St. Elsewhere."   And he's kept us laughing in Christopher Guest's comedies (For Your Consideration, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show, This is Spinal Tap).

But Begley has been seriously green almost as long as he's been acting. He combined his two passions a few years back in a Discovery network cable TV series, "Living With Ed," that featured Begley and his wife Rachelle Carson trying to shrink their carbon footprint.

Begley is so hep on saving energy that he's wired a bicycle so he can generate enough electricity pedaling it at home to power his toaster.

When we spoke with him, Begley wasn't pushing anything that radical. He wanted to plug an energy-efficient water heater, but beyond that he just offered common-sense tips of things anyone can do around the house to lower their utility bills.  For more, check out his Living with Ed website.

Posted by Tim Wheeler at 6:38 AM | | Comments (2)


This is pure gold! It shows you CAN make a difference as long as you think creatively.

Props for the gold nuggets in this video!

Thanks to Ed Begley Jr., for sharing some of the valuable tips with us. Hope many would follow it. The latest trends would be welcomed ubiquitously.I recommend the readers to visit the website, since it a lot of info regarding energy conservation. Hope it will enlarge your views and ideas on energy conservation.

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Tim WheelerTim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. A native of West Virginia, he has focused mainly on Maryland's environment since moving here in 1983. Along the way, he's crewed aboard a skipjack in the bay, canoed under city streets up the Jones Fall from the Inner Harbor, and gone deep underground in a western Maryland coal mine. He loves seafood, rambles in the country and good stories. He hopes to share some here.

Contributor Christy Zuccarini has been blogging about the local DIY craft scene for a year for She brings her pespective on all things handmade to B'More Green, where she will highlight projects you can do yourself as well as crafters who are integrating sustainable methods and materials.

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