by Michael dEstries
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Just under a year ago, word leaked on an epic rivalry between neighbors Bill Nye the Science Guy and actor Ed Begley Jr. The competition? To see who could lead the green(er) lifestyle — something Begley has for decades championed.

Now, since Nye moved into the neighborhood two years ago, the stakes are being continuously raised. Here’s a low-down of who’s got what:

>>Nye installed a solar system that has many more features (and probably more efficient) than Begley’s 15-year old version.

>>Begley installed rain barrels to offset his wife’s 20-minute showers — and is also now getting ready to add an underground cistern for even more storage.

>>Begley has Astro Turf instead of a real lawn, composts his garbage, and has a sprinkler system (for the garden) that automatically checks the weather and shuts down if it is forecast to rain.

>>Nye keeps raccoons out of his garden with an electric fence powered by a matchbox-sized solar panel. Ouch.

>>Begley’s fence is made from recycle plastic milk cartons. Nye has a fence and patio cover made from the same.

While Nye admits that he’ll probably never overtake the more than 20 years head-start that Begley has, he’s still not backing down from the challenge — even when others attempt to detail his attempts.

Last year at this time, we asked who would ultimately win. An astounding 76% predicted a Nye upset. Let’s see what everyone thinks this time around:

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About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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