An enterprising Tennessee organization called the Tennessee Center for Policy Research did a little bit of digging into Al Gore’s personal energy consumption. According to the utility bills, Gore’s McMansion uses 20 times the energy of the average American house.
The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh—more than 20 times the national average.Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh—guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $ 1,359.Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.Gore’s extravagant energy use does not stop at his electric bill. Natural gas bills for Gore’s mansion and guest house averaged $ 1,080 per month last year.
And, do you know where most of that energy is coming from? Coal. Heh.