Celebrity homes often bring images of grandeur, excess, and wealth, if you must. The truth however, is that there are celebrities who are as conscious as any regular person in conserving energy especially in their homes. It is worth noting that the City of Los Angeles which houses most of the celebrity homes is credited to having the highest number of energy-efficient buildings. Now on with the celebrities…
1. Gisele Bundchen
The 22,000 square-foot Brentwood Mansion of Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and husband, New England Patriots Star quarterback Tom Brady made headlines last year for being a showcase of energy-efficient green technology. Although the house has had its share of criticism for its huge size and estimated building cost of $ 20 million, Bundchen has pointed to its green features as defense including the use of sustainable building materials. solar energy, and rainwater recovery systems. Bundchen incidentally, is the goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme and helped launched the UN’s Year of Sustainable Energy for All.
2. Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Begley Jr. opted for a green home makeover when they transferred from their 1,600 square- foot property to a 3,000 square-foot property which is merely a mile away. Begley has adopted the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Standards which is considered the highest possible rating for buildings that can be certified by the US Green Building Council. The standards include responsible site development, use of recycled and local materials, reduced water use, and the use of renewable energy utilities. Begley is known for his strong “”waste-nothing” belief.
3. Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom has made his London home as green as possible by using solar roof panels, energy-efficient light bulbs, and recycled housing materials.
4. Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah’s home in the Rocky Mountains made use of solar panels for generating electricity as well as providing heating. The over-all home design facilitates maximized use of sunshine. She keeps a biodiesel generator in times of emergencies. Water is provided by a spring and recycling is a daily practice.
5. Leonardo di Caprio
Leonardo di Caprio owns green homes fitted with solar panels. He had aerators installed in the bathroom plus water-saving solutions. He is also into luxury electric cars.
There are still many celebrities who are starting to be conscious of energy efficiency in homes including Jay Leno, Julia Roberts, and Brad Pitt who has helped build low-cost sustainable homes in New Orleans.
Independent energy providers such as Ohio Gas companies provide useful tips for energy savings for people who wish to emulate these celebrities.
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Katrina is an avid follower of green-living celebrities.