Mr. Begley, currently has his own realty show “Living with Ed” on Planet Green and has been in the forefront of Green initiatives since the early 70s. We asked Mr. Begley about his view of the current Energy Policy in the United States. Considering the message and early action that has come from the oval office on renewable energy and energy efficiency he is convinced that the United States is on the right path. As Mr. Begley states “the cheapest kilowatt hour is the one saved and the cheapest barrel of oil produced is the one saved.” He believes that this current energy policy is an indication that the oval office “gets this.”
Mr. Begley continued that the appointment of Dr. Steven Chu, PHD, to the Secretary post of the United States Department of Energy, is an indication that the United States Energy Policy under President Obama’s administration is moving forward with programs regarding renewable energy and energy efficiency. Dr Chu is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1997.
Mr. Begley stated “Everything I have done for the ‘environment’ has also been good for my ‘pocketbook’” and here at Got2BeGreen we couldn’t agree more. With this in mind we asked him what he would say to people who claim that “going green” is too expensive. He pointed out that people can avoid expensive things just as he did when he was a struggling actor in the 1970’s. Mr. Begley said simple things like “riding a bike”, “taking public transportation,” composting, recycling, home gardening, and turning off electrical devices when not in use are all very simple ways to conserve energy and save money. He continued, when old appliances stop working; replace them with new energy efficient ones. Finally, Mr. Begley suggests that homeowners gradually replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). This can net immediate savings. According to him some utilities have give away programs for CFL’s, “why not take a free light bulb from one of them, and you will see savings on your bill right away” These are all relatively inexpensive and easy changes that can be made to help make your home “greener”
Due to time constraints, our interview was cut short but we thank Mr. Begley for his time and insights Please make sure you catch his show : “Living With Ed” on the Discovery Channel and watch him on Gary Unmarried with Jay Mohr. In May He will be starring in a Woody Allen movie titled “Whatever Works” and another movie titled “Georgia O’Keefe” to be released soon.