Part of my dissatisfaction with this book was my fault too, as I thought it was going to be a little more radical than it is.
However I was dissappinted reading this because the ideas are simply not very creative: buy better windows, buy better fridge, buy better this, buy better that. But it never REALLY gave creative solutions. The ideas sre still based on moving the economy and production, which is inherently unsustainable. The title is misleading, as the ideas presented wouldn't really save the Earth, but rather just reduce damage. Instead of giving ideas that would lessen our dependence on energy in general, or replace technologies/designs with alternatives (example: alternative storing methods for cooling, rather than buying a product). It doesn't teach the recycling of products, or explain why a lot of designs are simply fundamentally flawed (example: buy new windows/insulation instead of explaining why modern conventional homes are inefficiently built to retain a homeostasis temperature).
However its partially my fault, because if I would have looked at the title and realized what is implied by "Consumer Guide".
Overall, this book does a good job helping you be a more efficient consumer, but don't expect to be causing any waves of inspiration with the advice provided here. If you're interested in saving maybe a few dollars, but still living within the safety of you're conventional lifestyle, this book is for you. However if your REALLY looking to save money, and save the Earth, you will be either dissappointed by this book, or lying to yourself. Psst, I found much better information online for free. So be a more efficient consumer and save your money by not buying this book! Lol
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The 10th edition of this guide to home energy continues to provide homeowners practical methods for energy management and energy reduction. There are many useful resources listed for further research. A must have for anyone considering remodeling projects.