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Your Green Abode [Kindle Edition]

Tara Rae Miner
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Book Description

  • A down-to-earth guide to
    giving your home, condo, or apartment an eco-makeover.
  • Promotes conservation
    practices for any home.
  • Provides tips that save
    money as well as carbon emissions.
  • Real-world advice for
    busy people on a budget.


This sustainable home
primer covers ways to green your home from lawn to rooftop, focusing on
accessible eco-friendly improvements for any dwelling--from a cement-walled
urban apartment to a turn-of-the-century manse. Your Green Abode
is filled with advice on green living, DIY green
re-modeling, and green gardening.


Author Tara Rae Miner
encourages readers to start small, do what interests them, and handle only what
they can afford. The process of greening a home is the process of getting to
know a home, and Miner guides readers through different areas, distilling
research and advice on everything from window and paint options to more
effective ways to recycle to the benefits of planting a garden. With chapters
on the home-planet connection, saving energy, and setting policies for a
"Personal Clean Air Act," she presents important information on
reducing energy bills, ways to measure your "carbon houseprint," and
how to eliminate toxic chemicals from your life (be gone, vinyl shower curtains!).


Your Green Abode is for real people who want easy-to-understand
choices that make their homes a little more earth-friendly--without signing off
on a second mortgage. It's about having realistic expectations and goals, and
keeping a sense of humor while learning what makes a home tick.

Editorial Reviews


Miner offers comprehensive instruction on everything from choosing the right appliances to giving your windows a makeover. And her engaging writing makes the book a pleasure to read that's saying a lot for a home improvement manual--Mothering Magazine
Featured in the Mother Earth News Green Energy and Great Homes e-newsletter
Featured on Alternet's Environment page
Tara has created the ultimate guide for easily greening your home--from green remodeling to gardening, and everything in between.--The Times Union
There is no doubt about the benefits of "greening" a house, but author Tara Rae Miner admits that homeowners often are deterred by the costs of renovations.  In [Your Green Abode] she presents plentiful ways to obtain an eco-friendly update on a budget.--Phoenix Home & Garden magazine

About the Author

Tara Rae Miner has written about the environment for over ten years, most recently, as managing editor of Orion magazine. She has a master's degree in science from the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana. Her first eco-friendly home restoration, a former schoolhouse built in 1849, took place in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1374 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skipstone (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057IR79M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Handbook for a Green Home December 13, 2010
Add this little gem to your Holiday shopping list right away. It is jammed full of wonderful (and practical) information about how to green your home. A useful guide to cut down on household waste and improve the health of your living environment without breaking the bank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, Fun Guide to All Shades of Green December 9, 2010
This guide to a healthier home stood apart from others I have read for two reasons. First, it has a voice. Not only does it provide guidance on how to make a better choice when buying a fridge or a can of paint, it provides a personable discussion of the author's thoughts in making these green choices. It has actually provided a good reading break in the middle of a house project at least once for me. Second, I found it broad enough to be worth having handy for any project - even replacing the cleaning supplies under my kitchen sink - but specific enough that I found helpful advice in each section that guided my choices at the hardware store.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book October 4, 2011
Seems like a good book with a lot of old fashioned construction designed techniques. Ideas I can use to renovate an old home.
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Tara has a master's degree in science from the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Montana. For the past decade, she has written for and edited at several print and online publications; appeared on panels at environmental, journalism, and booksellers' conferences and gatherings; and served as a judge for the Reed Environmental Writing Award. Most recently, she was managing editor at Orion magazine, where work that she edited won a Pushcart Prize and was reprinted in Best Creative Nonfiction.


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