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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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Of course, not every tip will work for every reader, nor will every reader probably want to do every single one, but this is an excellent overview that will work for those just starting out or further along the way. It strikes a nice balance between easily doable and more involved projects, and the tone is neither snooty or too "crunchy granola" as some of these books can be. The only thing I did not care for were the testimonials from people who have tried these ideas- it felt like I was being sold on a book I'd already bought, but others may find these stories from real people inspirational.