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This book lists 50 ways you can make your life greener. Readers who are already convinced of the need to act ecologically will be its best audience. The ideas are useful, if not deeply innovative. Most of them will indeed help the environment and save you money. And that’s a good thing. However, author David Bach (writing with Hillary Rosner) uses many semi-statistical claims without giving enough data or context to lend meaning to his numbers, though they may still encourage true environmental action believers. Some of the book’s statistical conclusions are based on fairly unrealistic extrapolations of averages. For example, saying that the average family works two to four months out of the year to drive, insure, fuel and maintain its cars does not seem to capture the fiscal realities and practical options truly available to such families. Bach’s real message, of course, is to drive thoughtfully, save money and go easy on the planet, so getAbstract suggests focusing on the good to be done, and being a little forgiving about the math.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What you can do to green up your home and make money;
  • Why changing what and how you drive matters;
  • How conserving fresh water makes an impact; and
  • How your family’s environmental values lead to happiness, savings and a healthier planet.

About the Authors

David Bach has written seven bestsellers, including The Automatic Millionaire and Smart Couples Finish Rich. Hillary Rosner is an environmental journalist who writes often for The New York Times. She also worked on Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.



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