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Going Green With the Begleys

How the Longtime Local Residents Built “the Greenest Home in America”

Ed Begley Jr. has acted in more than 300 films and TV shows over his 40-plus-year career in Hollywood, but he’s equally well known for his environmental advocacy. He walks the walk and then some: The early adopter of electric cars has ridden his bicycle and the subway to the Oscars, promoted a line of natural-cleaning products called Begley’s Best, authored two books on sustainable living and lived for 26 years in a modest 1936 Studio City home retrofitted with solar panels and other eco-friendly improvements (as shown in the 2007–2010 HGTV/Planet Green reality series Living With Ed). He might be living there still were it not for his wife of 18 years, Rachelle Carson-Begley, who grew frustrated with the two-bedroom house’s limitations.

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