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Ed Begley, Jr.'s Guide to Sustainable Living: Learning to Conserve Resources and Manage an Eco-Conscious Life

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    Terrific Book!

    I bought Ed Begley's Guide to Sustainable Living because, as an eco-friendly designer, I know plenty about green interiors, but needed to learn more about the "hard-core" stuff.

    The book didn't let me down--it is comprehensive, yet easy to understand.It covered virtually everything to green your home except a few issues like furniture--but I'll recommend some books to covr what he didn't.

    Begley states in his introduction: "In this book, I've tried to take a front-end thinker approach to going green. If you make the right decisions and do things in the proper order, you can put money in your pocket, reduce waste and pollution in the city where you live, reduce our overal dependency on Mideast oil, and lead a healthier and more toxic-free life."

    The first section is on conservation and doing a green home energy audit. He explains the different types of audits available. The section reviews in fine detail the different kinds of lighting, insulation, windows and doors to save money by conserving energy.

    The next section is on producing--as in solar, wind building and remodeling. In building and remodeling, he discusses the importance of indoor air quality, size of building and what materials to use.

    There is a chapter on gardening and composting that includes grey water irrigation. I did think he went a bit overboard when discussing the difference between annuals and perennials, because he recommends not using annuals because they don't last long and require too much water--but that's because I love my few pots of annuals and it really is no big deal to have some.

    The next section is on managing home--heating, including geothermal and wood burning, cooling and heating water.

    He has a section on decorating and cleaning. He limits the discussion of decorating to flooring, countertops, cabinets and paint. The cleaning including his own line of cleaning products. Always weird when an author promotes their products, but it was OK.

    The next chapter is covered outfitting a nursery for babies.

    The resources at the end of the book were very good.

    So, if you are into embracing a green lifestyle, I highly recommend Ed's book. Here are a few more to round you out:

    MARIEL'S KITCHEN: SIMPLE INGREDIENTS FOR A DELICIOUS AND SATISFYING LIFE, because she provides recipes using pure food.

    HOW TO GROW FRESH AIR: 50 HOUSEPLANTS THAT PURIFY YOUR HOME OR OFFICE, shows how these plants will detoxify your home.

    HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET, picks up where this leaves off and includes furniture, cooking supplies, personal care products and show how to make home beautiful.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Ed jr. living green!

    I saw Ed Begley on a morning show on TV one day. He was so funny. He talked about his new book. Guide to sustainable living. In the book he talks about how to cut cost in your home.He also talks about solar energy. And how to live green. He was so interesting. I just had to get the book. I let my dad read it and he couldn't put it down. So I told him to keep it and I purchased another one for me.My dad already has a plan to change his heating system the way Ed Begley has it in his book.

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