Thursday, November 8, 2007

Jay Leno Goes Green

Hey, did you hear the one about Jay Leno and his eco-friendly Burbank garage?
By SUSAN CARPENTER
Los Angeles Times
JAY LENO likes anything that rolls and explodes and makes noise, and his Big Dog Garage offers proof. Its 17,000 square feet are packed with rolling, exploding and noisy things -- most of them four-wheeled, rare and expensive.

But lately, the 57-year-old host of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" is showing an interest in things that act quietly. Things such as solar panels and wind turbines and grease-eating microbes. He's systematically taking stock of his garage and greening it, with self-generated power, energy-efficient heating and nontoxic cleaners.

"My thing with the green situation is: Even if you don't believe in global warming, don't you want to screw the oil company or gas company or utility company?"

Leno said he believes in global warming. And judging from the 54-kilowatt solar-power system he installed atop his garage last month, he also believes in putting it to the utility company, but that isn't quite what's happening. On a recent weekday morning, his solar panels were generating 33 kilowatts -- enough electricity to run the air conditioning, overhead lights and power tools and to return some power to the city, in effect assisting Burbank Water and Power.

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