- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (March 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307465306
- ISBN-13: 978-0307465306
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet Paperback – March 9, 2010
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Starred Review. Rogers (coauthor of The Green Book), an environmental consultant, shows how shifting to a more environmentally conscious lifestyle will not only help the planet but save money and time and improve quality of life. Her comprehensive and easy-to-follow guide is tailored to those on tight budgets with busy schedules who are justifiably wary of sacrificing their families' health and well-being. She shares the stories of helping families of varying income levels across the country to save money and reduce their carbon footprint; each case study reveals how simple (and economical) her lifestyle modifications can be: shutting off a computer at night saves $55 annually, installing low-flow showerheads saves $380. Rogers groups alternatives by category, from kids and pets to transportation and holiday celebrations, and presents cost savings for each action item to help readers determine the most appropriate steps to take given their particular lifestyles and priorities. This insightful and practical book arms readers with the information and motivation they need to make virtually effortless changes with significant results. (Mar.)
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About the Author
Elizabeth Rogers has worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She created and produced MTV’s eco-friendly show Trippin. She is currently an environmental consultant and lives with her son in Venice, California. She tries to shift a habit daily.
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This book is a quick read, as the entire book is composed of chapters with various ways to save money in different areas of your house. Elizabeth Rogers took all the statistics and facts and figured out that if you turn off your lights when you're not using them, you can save up to $35. That's nice! If you use cold water in your washer, you can save up to $70 a year. These two facts had me convinced because I could save $100 by doing two simple things!
Next, I started to look closer at the various shifts suggested. If I dust my fridge coils, I can save up to $35 a year. If I don't let my water run while I'm doing dishes, that's another $85 a year in savings. If I don't rinse my dishes but just scrape them for the dishwasher, that's another $35 of savings a year. If I clean the lint trap each time I do the laundry, I'll save another $35. If my husband and I shorten our showers by 2 minutes, we'll save $40 a year in water costs...and 12 hours of time each!
Shift Your Habit is full of many good, common sense ideas such as these. I have a full list of shifts that I want to make in our house! These are simple changes to make and it's nice to have the money saving facts lined up with the frugal habits. I've known that it is good to turn off the water when you're not using it, for example, but I'm more motivated to make all of the changes knowing the money I will save by doing so.
Ms. Rogers also includes useful charts and formulas for homemade, natural cleaners. The winder cleaner looked simple enough to make with water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol, that I may never buy Windex again!
Shift Your Habit is a book from which everyone can benefit. If you are interested in organic, green living, there are many notes of particular interest included. It's nice to know that the simple changes we make can and do save us money!