Al Gore’s Home or George Bush’s Ranch

Okay, so many of you have seen a similar email containing similar information, but I felt it was time to break from my typical serious article and insert a little housing irony. Which of the following two home descriptions belong to Environmentalist Al Gore’s house? BTW – Liz and I certainly could shore up the energy efficiency of our own home, not attempting to throw stones here.

House #1

Al Gore Nashville houseA 20 room, 10,000 square foot mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house, all heated by gas. In one month this residence consumes more energy than the average American household does in a year. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2,400 per month. In natural gas alone, this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. This house is not situated in a Northern ‘snow belt’ area.

House #2

George Bush Texas ranchDesigned by an architecture professor at a leading national university. This house incorporates every ‘green’ feature current home construction can provide. The house is 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on a high prairie. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat-pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground.

The water (usually 67 degrees F) heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas and it consumes one-quarter electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Surrounding flowers and shrubs native to the area enable the property to blend into the surrounding rural landscape.

House #1 is located in the ultra-wealthy enclave of Nashville called Belle Meade; it is Al Gore’s house. House #2 is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas ; it is the residence of George W. Bush.

A couple of photos of George Bush’s Ranch

crawford texas ranch  George Bush Crawford Texas House

 Photos and Tax Record for Al Gore’s Nashville House

Al Gore House Nashville

  • Maureen2010

    Gosh, who would have thought it? Al Gore in an energy-guzzling mansion (actually two, if you count the one in California), and Bush in a house that uses every green feature available in housing today. What an inconvenient truth!


  • Iceman

    Which house, Grant Hammond, Broker, ABR, SFR, ePRO, would you rather sell?

  • Chester

    Maureen, might want to ask WHY Gore’s place costs so much to heat and cool. Ever hear of Tennessee’s Green Power Initiative, where you can pay extra to draw your electricity, and yes, natural gas, from renewable resources? Might want to check that out.

  • Joe Mecca

    It’s not the cost – he could be spend 20,000 a month. The article states that Gore: ” his property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. “

  • Chester

    Might not seem quite so bad if you figure that of those twenty rooms, about twelve are offices, with all the bells and whistles any good executive has at his command. Granted, A computer and A printer don’t cost a lot to operate, but when you have four or five, minimum, of each, plus a server or two, and copiers, and the air conditioning required to keep all that additional space heated and cooled, a lot of the HOME costs drop like a rock. Not sure how the billing is on that, but would say that way over half of all the energy consumed by that place is for office use. Bush doesn’t run a major operation out of his home, so his costs aren’t going to include the office heat and cool, plus all the extra power for lights and electronics.

  • Joe Mecca

    Agreed. but i think the article is comparing an energy efficient home to one which is not. We don’t know what is inside of Gore’s home, nor do we know what is in Bush’s home. I think Gore is more talk than action and can easily spend a few of his big bucks on green power similar to Bush. They can both do whatever makes them happy – but I prefer leaders who lead by example whether it’s a person or corporation like google and apple, than those who preach big and do small.

  • alaneross

    Just another lain Ass hole like all the rest of them … He’s a Hypocrite, He Barks a big bark , and then burns up more energy with all his house’s and flying around the country Blowing smoke up every ones butt …. If I had the money he has and already spent . Id have Jobs for people and id turn this country around , and Id some how secure the boarders .. Id use strategy on these Radical Terrorists to get the hell out of our country or Die …. we need good Leadership .. That’s if I had half the money this Schmuck has blown already … I’d know how to use Money as a Tool for the better of this country.Id be on a Mission From God in a bigger way then I am now …. , I’d be making wise decisions as to how to Take Back America and get rid of all these corrupted Lian Politicians by organizing a Clean Sweep Program in the White House I’d be Filing class action suits against every dam one of them , ‘ . They are all corrupted. It’s just so dam hard to believe that when this kind of people have so dam much money , that they are so Dam STUPID …The more money they have , ‘ the bigger the Idiots they don’t have brains , Wisdom ,or common sense , … Complete Idiots .. If I even had a Million , Id have this country turned around on a much better course by using a strategy that only I know what to do … first work order would do ,is get that thing that thinks he’s a President …Fired ..and in Prison … …