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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1ST edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401922848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401922849
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When I read Green Made Easy, it changed the way I look at the planet, and I hope it does the same for you. As we work our way through today’s economic challenges, Chris can also show you how going green is both good for our planet and good for your pocketbook. His book is packed with information that makes going green simple, inexpensive, and meaningful. Chris sprinkles ‘Green Bites’ throughout that are both inspiring and enjoyable.

"Remember, this comes from a man who receives a credit from his utility company every month instead of a bill!"

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

About the Author

Chris Prelitz is a noted author, "green building" consultant and sustainability advocate. He is also a graduate of Duke Universities Environmental Leadership Program.

Chris is a pioneer of the green movement, and has been a passionately involved with high performance green building and sustainability for over 25 years. The depth of his experience spans an off-grid solar community in Taos, New Mexico, the first permitted solar powered residence in Southern California and the first ever solar powered, LEED certified auto dealership for Mercedes Benz in Arizona.

He has successfully green renovated and remodeled hundreds of homes and buildings. A recent ‘green flip’ was featured on the premier episode of Greenovate on the Discovery Channel. With New Leaf America, Chris has teamed up with partners in the financial and management sector to bring the knowledge of “How to Go Green” within reach of every homeowner and renter.

He is now most recognized for his work as a sustainability expert and public speaker. Chris is the media spokesperson for Citizenre Solar and New Leaf America, a company that he co-founded with the mission of dramatically improving the efficiency of 1 million homes by 2012.

 


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Chris Prelitz is an author, professional speaker and pioneer of the modern green movement with over 25 years of hands on 'green' design and construction experience,from an off-grid solar community in Taos, New Mexico, to the first U.S. solar powered, LEED certified auto dealership in the US for Mercedes Benz, and the first permitted solar powered home in Southern California.
A deep green retrofit Chris did was featured by the Discovery Channel on the premier episode of the Greenovate Show. Chris turned a 1970's energy hog house into a net-zero all solar dream home. His new book Green Made Easy is published by Hay House. And you can hear Chris live every Tuesday morning on Hay House radio.

At his own home in Laguna Beach, Ca. Chris typically receives a credit from their power company instead of a bill. His Company New Leaf America provides products and services to help homeowners and renters lower their utility bills with simple affordable solutions. www.NewLeafAmerica.com

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It is well written, engaging, and literally easy to read.
Deanna Moore
Chris Prelitz wrote this book so that we could all have a more sustainable life and I am ready to adapt to the small changes that make huge differences.
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He proceeded to read me the preface of this book and I was astonished by the story chris tells.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Black on May 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am not a green person. I like and take care of the enviroment of course but I don't go out of my way to be a "GREEN PERSON", they really annoy me. But, Chris has a way of not offending people like me because he is able to pull you inline with his way of thinking. I think I am changing colors, way to go Chris!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zane on March 20, 2009
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At times it seems like there's so much that needs to be done to save our planet, that you just want to give up. But with this reader-friendly book, Chris Prelitz shows you how easy it is to actually do something proactive. It's a great book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Farmer on March 23, 2009
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Everyone should have this book as we are in the midst of an evolutionary phase unprecedented in recorded history. Like the title suggest, Prelitz gives us simple and do-able suggestions for adjusting to a post-petroleum future. You don't need to run out and install solar panels and spend a lot of money making most of these adjustments. He writes in a clear, intelligible way that's easy to follow and understand. He always walks his talk, having built a house that is almost entirely "off the grid." You will refer to this book for years to come and will be glad you got it now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deanna Moore on March 26, 2009
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This book is AWESOME. It is well written, engaging, and literally easy to read. I have been in the eco-sustainability movement for over 10 years, and finally here's a book that I can give my friends and family. Chris Prelitz is optimistic and truly gets what being green is. I recommend this book to people who are 'green' to the green movement as well as leaders in the movement. The information is so relevant and simple. And the stories rock! NICE!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blagof on October 22, 2012
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A good read, but now everytime I stay in a hotel I stare at the minitures and wonder what is in them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kay_queen on March 7, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book, I read it in about 3 hours. The author is extremely knowledgeable and uses his own life experiences as examples of green living.
I've been going green for a few years now and have been looking far and wide for different green information and different tips and ways of living green. While much of the information provided in this book can be found in other sources as well, the author pieces everything in a easily digestible way and gives you the courage and strength to power through and live green and healthy.
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I've been meaning to call Chris since the day I opened his delightful book to tell him how much I appreciate it. It's basic advice sprinkled with the kind of tasty ideas you can't wait to try. Like slathering coconut oil all over your hair and body as an after-swimming conditioner. Actually that was his wife Becky's idea and I may have expanded it, but he offers little asides like this throughout that make you feel you are his good neighbor just over for a chat. The side-fence kind of stories that introduce the sections are especially a treat. I loved hearing how his mother once got the whole family to plow up the back lawn and plant vegetables when his dad lost a job (How did she freeze squash in those milk cartons, Chris?).

I have shared the book with my cohousing community who, despite monitoring use of fancy photovoltaics on the roof, still relate better to simple, everyday ecology. Putting hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle to wash vegetables or adding brewer's yeast to your pet's food to discourage fleas are handy to know. I would have liked a little more thoroughness to some of the suggestions, such as the silver polishing trick, which can damage silverplate if not done properly. But as a beginner's guide for those Chris describes as "transitioning to a green lifestyle", it is a pleasant, unintimidating way to start.

Thanks, Chris!
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I have been a strong environmentalist and green person since I can remember and over the years my children have taught me many more ways to practice what I preach, so I thought I would be way ahead of Chris Prelitz's book "Green Made Easy". Well I was very wrong; it was a big surprise to me to read that I can do better, much better in such small and easy ways. I found his book just an incredible resource of eco-choices. His simple and daily living information on how to be practically green and how to evaluate everything we do amazed me. He is able to make me feel positive about changing some of my habits, especially when it comes to conserving water and electricity. Most of all it is his personal style that made me sit up and pay attention. His reflection on his own life and where he has come to is courageous and it is this quiet sense of doing the right thing without a lot of fanfare just a lot of fact is what makes me want to follow him in making our planet a healthier place to live. The book is well organized and laid out like a field guide - a quick and easy reference to almost anything you can think of that is green. The Green Bites are a wealth of information and serve to spur you on to making greener choices. I think he has literally changed my life and I hope he will change yours too! Thank you Chris, you are my Green Man!
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