As both an actor and environmental activist, Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the few who manages to strike a balance between the two oft-conflicting lifestyles.

The 36-year-old, who recently splashed out on a $100,000 range-extended electric sports supercar, chose to rent a $10,000/week sustainable home while filming scenes for "The Great Gatsby" in Australia. According to the Herald Sun, DiCaprio selected the abode purely on its carbon-neutral merits — one of the few in Sydney within the city limits.

"Known as a domestic combination heating project, the house was fitted out by power-preserving company Urban Energy with a high-tech solar energy system, which enables the whole dwelling, including hot water, pool and spa, to be heated from one dedicated source," the article states.

Unfortunately, the actor's preference for something eco-friendly came at the expense of another important consideration: privacy. Paparazzi have reportedly found it easy to take snaps of Leo (and visitors such as girlfriend Blake Lively), leading him to investigate some new (and perhaps less green) digs at area luxury hotels.

Leo and the rest of "The Great Gatsby" cast are expected to remain in Sydney for the next four months. The film is expected to be released in 2012.

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DiCaprio rents green home during film shoot
Actor chooses one of the few carbon-neutral properties in Sydney while filming 'The Great Gatsby.'