Mister Leno's garage

The LA Times has an article and video about Jay Leno's newly-installed photovoltaic panels on the roof of his 17,000 square-foot garage.
Picture 6-36"I like projects," said Leno, who was futzing with the plumbing on a newly acquired 1907 White Steamer. The steam car is one of about 150 vehicles in his collection, which run the gamut from 100-year-old motorcycles and European coupes to 1960s muscle cars and high-performance exotics, such as a McLaren F1.

"There are people who say, 'Well, you should sell all your cars and ride your bicycle,' " Leno said, adopting a whiny voice to mimic his critics. "No. I'm not going to do that, but what else can I do?"

Leno drives a different vehicle each day, but he tries to minimize the environmental impact. He lives only eight miles from work. He recycles. And, in addition to the solar panels and a wind turbine on his roof, he's implemented a number of other systems inside his garage that are designed to reduce toxic waste.

His parts cleaners are eco-friendly -- one uses microbes to eat away grease and grime, the other employs ultrasonic cleaning bubbles. Instead of a gas-operated plasma cutter to saw parts out of sheet metal, a water jet does the job using sand. And refillable canisters of brake and carburetor cleaners take the place of throwaway aerosol cans.

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  1. Well, that’ll save the world. If the other 6 billion people just do the same to their 17,000 square foot garages, we’ll have the environmental catastrophe licked in no time.

  2. um, the LA Times needs a machining editor. plasma cutters do not operate with any containerized gases. They use a stream of compressed air passing through a electric arc. and this line:

    “a water jet does the job using sand”

    …makes my head asplode. A WATER JET uses a highly pressurized stream of WATER to cut materials. Damned al Queda loving liberal media, telling lies about america’s strategic metal cutting systems.

  3. driving a different vehicle every day doesn’t have a greater impact than driving the same one every day. it’s still just one guy in one car. and leno probably takes much better care of his engines than most people, too.

  4. You do realise that Jay Leno’s garage is larger than our flat? Envy is such a terible emotion, isn’t it…?

  5. Living eight miles from work, Jay probably pollutes way less than the average American – as far as commuting goes. Heating, cooling, and lighting his garage is another issue entirely, but he’s no worse than Al Gore. In fact, better, because he’s not rubbing other people’s noses in their co2 footprint while shitting on the planet himself. Whoops, sorry, that was a tangent!

    @Dave Hutchinson, at 17,000 sf, I’m gonna guess that his garage is bigger than ten of the average reader’s homes, be they flats or otherwise. My two-story, 3-bedroom house is 1,200sf. It is on the small side for a 3-bedroom, bit it was built in 1928 so that’s its excuse.

  6. You do realise that Jay Leno’s garage is larger than our flat?

    You don’t say? :)

    My ‘flat’ (or ‘apartment’ as us Yanks say) in Hollywood is about 600 sq. ft. So you could fit over 28 of them in his garage. Heck, his garage probably has more sq. footage than the whole 4-story building I live in.

    So I’m assuming his actual house is what, at least twice that? Wowzers. Saving the environment, indeed.

  7. This is a great article! Thanks for sharing!

    For the complainers here, get off your high horse. I’m SURE that if you had millions of dollars to your name that you would totally keep living in your crappy 600 sqft apartment so as to minimize your environmental impact.

    Riiiight.

  8. “Well, that’ll save the world. If the other 6 billion people just do the same to their 17,000 square foot garages, we’ll have the environmental catastrophe licked in no time.”

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Leno, of my own alma mater, would add some integrity to his genuineness and fund a venture on one of the more promising of his benevolent endeavors.

  9. dculberson said:
    “but he’s no worse than Al Gore. In fact, better, because he’s not rubbing other people’s noses in their co2 footprint while shitting on the planet himself.”

    Funny how the righties are are for personal wealth (and passing it down to their children) unless it’s a leftie who has money. So, if I understand you correctly, because Al Gore is wealthy he has to keep his mouth shut and not express his opinion? I suppose if the same is true of Rush Limbaugh, Billo, Ann Coulter, Rupert Murdoch, et al., then I’m all for it.

    Yes, Al Gore generates co2 in his effort to tell people that they should try to avoid generating co2. Is it really that hard to grasp, though, that if he didn’t do something to spread the word the overall result would be even worse (assuming, for the moment, that he is correct about global warming). There’s an old saying that should be familiar to any self-respecting wingnut: “You have to spend money to make money”. Well, the analog here would be “you have to generate co2 to cut co2”. I guarantee you, on a global scale, c02 production is down significantly due to Al Gore’s work, and if he stayed at home in Ky the whole time, the result would not have been the same. It isn’t really all that hard to grasp if you give it about 1/4 second worth of thought (though I realize that’s a lot to ask).

  10. We’re all very focused about the energy consumption of our cars, but at least here in Germany, the number one gas/coal/whatever guzzler is heating which uses almost 50% more energy than the average car.

  11. Wohho

    Many water jet cutting systems do in fact suspend an abrasive in the high pressure water stream to improve performance and increase material removal rates.

    Many plasma cutters benefit from the use of bottled gas and do not merely use compressed air.

    No need for your head to “asplode,” though it might benefit from some knowledge expansion.

  12. I’m SURE that if you had millions of dollars to your name that you would totally keep living in your crappy 600 sqft apartment so as to minimize your environmental impact.

    I can assure you, if I had Leno kind of money, I wouldn’t be spending it on McLaren F1s and outrageously giant garages.

    I would build a compound on the moon. Environmental impact (to Earth, at least): Zero!

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