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.