Green cred: As Hollywood’s unofficial poster boy for renewable resources, Begley almost accidentally began his environmental quest in the early ’70s after a stint as a Boy Scout convinced him that sustainable living was worth the effort. Since then, he has done everything from creating a household cleaner to reducing his trash to about the size of a glove compartment, he says. Begley became famous for choosing to ride his bike or public transportation around Los Angeles and even appeared on “The Simpsons” poking fun at his enviro-friendly image.
Focus: The actor says lowering emissions is his priority, and he actively promotes using electric cars. Curbing energy use has also been a focus, and he says installing solar and wind power in his home significantly reduced his electricity bills. “We’re here for the long haul, so we should do it for our own well-being, financial or otherwise.”
Latest battle: Begley is producing “Living With Ed,” a reality series debuting in early January on HGTV. The show focuses on the joys and pains of Ed’s wife and children as they put up with his creative, and sometimes kooky, plans to cut energy use around the house.
Eco mantra: “There’s this image of environmentalists living in a yurt in Topanga. Me, I live in a very normal looking house with a fax machine and a computer. I have everything I need to get by in the modern world — I just do it more efficiently,” Begley says.