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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.

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.



How Big Is Your Carbon Footprint?

The importance of being a better environmental steward is clear for myriad reasons. Be assured that your individual efforts do matter. In fact, you can take personal action and save money at the same time. If you cherish the environment, you also can increase the quality of your life by living in alignment with your values, including going green. Doing just one green thing will get you started and give you a foundation you can build on to lead a more environmentally-aware life.

People in most industrialized nations have come to believe that their societies must reduce the carbon dioxide emissions generated by their factories, their modes of transportation and, more generally, the way their citizens live. You can help by calculating your carbon footprint and taking steps to reduce it. Another factor is the tons and tons of waste people produce. If you cut your bottled water consumption by just one portion per day, you would save $500 a year, reduce the amount of waste you send to landfills and help the planet. Refilling a reusable bottle with tap water is far cheaper than buying bottled water. Look at other aspects of your life and ...

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