At TreeHugger we will always applaud the efforts of celebrities to be greener, while realizing that they go on lots more plane trips, buy lots more shoes, and live in lots warmer houses than the rest of us.
So it isn't us outing Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin for having an energy-leaking home. It's the UK's Sunday Times, which somehow (in the dead of night, with super-sneaky hidden thermal cameras?) took thermal photos of 10 "celebrity" homes. They didn't just pick on A listers - London Mayor Boris Johnson and climate change spokesman Simon Hughes also got zapped. And the results were pretty leaky.Lost energy
According to the Times article, Martin (the lead singer of Coldplay) and his wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, own a £2.5m home in Belsize Park which "wastes" 1,020 kWh of heat each year. By wastes, the surveyors mean that if they house is used year-round that would be the amount of heat lost and needing to be replaced, based on the thermal pictures. Chris Martin tried to offset CO2 emissions produced by his band’s second album by planting a forest of mango trees in India.
Paltrow and Martin weren't the worst offenders: Simon Hughes (a Liberal Democrat climate change and energy spokesperson) has a London flat that lets out 1,812 kWh of heat through its walls and windows each year. The "extra" heating required to make up for this loss was estimated, in Hughes case, to be worth 471 kilograms of CO2 emissions.
One downfall of the article in general is that it doesn't compare these numbers to the neighbors, so to speak. If Paltrow and Martin's Belsize mansion leaked this much, what was the leakage at the next-door neighbors? Britain is soon going to weatherize 7 million homes, and it would be interesting to see some averages.
Here are some other extra CO2 emissions for other British "celebs" from their poorly weatherized homes:
Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster: 288kg
Lord Smith of Finsbury, chairman of the Environment Agency: 186kg
John Sauven, director of Greenpeace: 158kg
Richard Chartres, Bishop of London: 135kg
Hilary Benn, environment secretary: 126kg
Ed Miliband, energy and climate change secretary: 121kg
David Cameron, Tory leader: 21kg
Paltrow's figures for extra CO2 weren't revealed. Since she's started her own web site/blog called "GOOP" with six categories ( "Make, Go, Get, Do, Be, See") we suggest she make time to go get some weatherizing materials and do the work so she can be the change we all want to see. Via: Times
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