Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying


Let David Bach show you a whole new way to prosper—by going green

Internationally renowned financial expert and bestselling author David Bach has always urged readers to put their financial lives in line with their values. But what if your values are a cleaner and greener earth? Most people think that “going green” is an expensive choice they can’t afford. Bach is here to say that you can have both: a life in line with your green values and a ...

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Let David Bach show you a whole new way to prosper—by going green

Internationally renowned financial expert and bestselling author David Bach has always urged readers to put their financial lives in line with their values. But what if your values are a cleaner and greener earth? Most people think that “going green” is an expensive choice they can’t afford. Bach is here to say that you can have both: a life in line with your green values and a million dollars in the bank.

Go Green, Live Rich outlines fifty ways to make your life, your home, your shopping, and your finances greener—and get rich trying. From driving the right car to making your home energy smart, Bach offers ways to improve the environment while you spend less, save more, earn more, and pay fewer taxes. Best of all, he shows you exactly how to take advantage of the "green wave" in personal finance without the difficult work of evaluating individual stocks. What's more, he will get you thinking about a green business of your own so you can help the world along as it is changing for the better.

David Bach is on a mission to teach the world that you can live a great life by living a green life. With Go Green, Live Rich, you can live in line with your eco-values on the road to financial freedom.

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“Great news: there is no green premium!  By demonstrating how going green can fit any budget, David Bach shows that good environmental and financial decisions go hand-in-hand.   Bach's Go Green, Live Rich gives great tips, useful to everyone, about how to save money and the planet at once."
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

“Yet another powerful reason to go green!  Thankfully for our species, going green can also mean saving some green.  Go Green, Live Rich shows you exactly how a lot of small steps added together can change your life in more ways than one."
- Graham Hill, TreeHugger.com and PlanetGreen.com

“I LOVE IT.  LOVE IT.  LOVE IT.  This is just what the world needs.  Not a bunch of touchy feely, mumbo jumbo, but real world solutions that show why going green is just plain smart.  Fantastic.”
- Steve Fleischli, President, Waterkeeper Alliance

“David Bach has done it again! As a green affordable housing developer, I enthusiastically recommend Go Green, Live Rich!  Packed with tips and tools, this book is a must read for anyone who wants to make their home--and their life--more eco-friendly.”
- Josh Lockwood, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity — New York City

Go Green, Live Rich is as much about saving money as it is about preserving our world of natural wonders for future generations. This is the rich-green-book of a promising tomorrow.”
- Matthew Modine, Founder: Bicycle for a Day

Go Green, Live Rich is the ultimate toolkit for greening the planet and our wallets at the same time. No one does a better job than David Bach in showing us the practical strategies for how to enjoy living sustainably.”
- Terry Tamminen, Cullman Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

“David Bach has created a truly easy to read, simple step by step plan for everyday consumers and business owners to make small changes towards achieving a greener way of life. From raising your baby to running your company, David shows you how to make positive changes on our planet as well as our bank accounts. Going green can definitely make everyone a little richer.”
- Bradford Rand, President, Go Green Expo

“Finally, a book that debunks the myth that you have to BE rich to live green. In fact, it's the other way around: by living green you can GET rich -- it's the ultimate win-win. Never before has this been spelled out so clearly, simply, practically. A must-read for anyone who wants to live wisely and responsibly in a world of rocketing energy prices and climate imbalance.”
- Amanda Griscom Little, award-winning environmental journalist and columnist for Grist.org

Publishers Weekly

Bach (The Automatic Millionaire; Start Late, Finish Rich) offers a multitude of suggestions for conserving the planet-and your money-in this attractive and accessible guide. A few of Bach's tips require making a serious commitment (growing your own vegetables, using recyclable energy, trading in your car for a fuel-efficient model); others such as unplugging unused appliances, switching to compact fluorescent bulbs and eating less meat are simple-if familiar-ways to go green. Bach also advocates making environmental consciousness a family value (spending more family time in nature, taking volunteer vacations), greening holidays by using recycled wrapping paper, sending e-cards and "tree-cycling." Bach clarifies how the most conservative changes in lifestyle can yield radical results: "If every U.S. computer and monitor were turned off at night, the nation could shut eight large power stations and avoid emitting 7 million tons of CO2every year." In the "Finish Rich" section, Bach turns his attention from going green to getting green-investing the money you save in eco-friendly businesses. A winning and wise guide, this book-printed on recycled paper with proceeds going to a green advocacy group-will find a large audience. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767929738
  • Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 712,544
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bach is the author of seven consecutive national bestsellers, including the number-one New York Times bestsellers The Automatic Millionaire and Start Late, Finish Rich and, most recently, the number-one bestseller The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner. There are over five million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into fifteen languages. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show six times and is a featured columnist on Yahoo! Finance. To read an excerpt from any of David Bach’s books, visit his web site at www.finishrich.com.

HILLARY ROSNER is a journalist who covers environmental issues. She worked on Al Gore’s runaway bestseller An Inconvenient Truth and writes frequently for the New York Times.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     x
Why Go Green?     2
Getting Started: Know Your Impact     8
Drive Smart, Finish Rich     16
Get Energy Smart     30
Go Low Flow     50
Green Your Real Estate Strategy     58
Shop Green, Spend Less     66
Profit by Recycling     86
Make Green a Family Value     96
Go Green at Work     112
Finish RICH: Make Your First Green Million     130
Give Green     144
A Final Word     158
Sources     160
Acknowledgments     170
Index     172

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Good if you know nothing about going green

    Was not worth my money. I didn't learn much that I didn't know before except about green travel. I was disappointed since David's other books are so great. I guess I didn't mind him getting my money since he has helped me so much with mine.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Good Premise but Just Common Sense

    I really like the idea behind this book, but I found it lacking. Most of the ideas were basic (change your lightbulbs to CFLs), or cost money to "get rich", so-to-speak (like going on a "green" vacation). I'm not really sure what I was looking for when I read this book, but I sure didn't get it. I guess I was hoping for ingenius ways to save money while being "green", but it seems like no one can tell you more than you already know. Reduce, reuse, recycle is the basic idea. I guess it's in the same vein as those diet books, really all the "new" advice just boils down to a basic principle of eating fewer calories than you expend. Probably a better idea is just to find a book on tips for living frugally and hope that being kinder to the environment is a byproduct.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Nothing New for a Long Time Treehugger

    I was disappointed by how this book really didn't present any new ideas for me to live more green than I currently do - it just added dollar signs (which are already out of date - gas is now almost $3.50/gal where I live but Bach's computations are based on $3/gal). I was also unimpressed with the fact that the book is really just a long list of websites where you can learn more information - why not just publish a website and charge people to access it and save all that paper? If you don't currently recyle, bring reusable shopping bags and combine errands to save gas and you need an incentive besides saving the planet to implement these changes, you may find some new motivation here. If you are already a committed environmentalist, don't waste your money. Better yet, just check this book out from the library (as I did) to save resources...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Go Green , Live Rich

    David Bach book contains many great ideas to not only save the environment but to also save money. Today in the US we spend over $30 million dollars a year buying bottled water. Many of these bottles contain tops that can not be recycled. He suggest that instead of buying water install a filter on your kitchen faucet. Another way to go green is to have companies stop sending us catalogues . You can go to optout on a google search to have them stopped. He also suggest to invest in Green Companies / Clean technology. He provides sites in his book for this. An easy way to save money is to buy in bulk. You can save up to 30%. These and many other good ideas are in this book. If you care about our earth and want to save money buy this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Win Win Solution for People and Planet

    David Bach gets it: we want to be rich, but many of us need incentive to live a green lifestyle. In Go Green, Live Rich, Bach shows us how acting in an environmentally responsible way can actually make us a lot of money and make us healthier. Bach writes: 'Going green is the most important issue that will shape our future.' By using less resources, buying less stuff, making our homes and transportation more energy efficient, we absolutely save money. The brilliance is taking that money and investing it. He writes: It's not what you earn that makes you rich or poor it is what you spend.' I wholeheartedly agree with this assessment and it sums up what I like so much about this book. Stop buying all that stuff and invest or contribute to green causes, instead. Bach provides dollar amounts for each of the 50 ways to go green: Improve fuel efficiency: $884 Seal leaks in home: $129 Lower thermostat: $85 Brownbag lunch: $ 1560 Total savings: $3758 Invest that savings (preferably in green businesses) for 30 years: $678,146 How cool is that? Bach shares how he began living a green lifestyle in the introduction: 'My own personal transformation to becoming more environmentally conscious began to happen when I moved into one of the leading green apartment buildings in the country. Funny enough, I decided to move there not so much because it was a green building but because it was located right next to my son's favorite park, where we spend lots of time together. But then something happened when I moved in and it stopped me in my tracks--my lifelong allergies began to improve along with Jack's asthma. I then began making more changes. I switched to green cleaning products, started using a green drycleaner, and even gave up my gas guzzling SUV. I soon noticed that I wasn't spending more money to make these changes--I was actually saving money.' There are 50 tips for greening your life, including: build green, bring your bags, clean green and take a volunteer vacation. One tip that happily surprised me was 'green your pet'. Bach suggests adopting from a rescue shelter to spare one of the 3-4 million dogs and cats that are killed yearly. In addition to that being the humanitarian thing to do, you will save money buying from a shelter instead of buying from another source. He goes on to suggest that you spend more money on quality food for your pet,(you can buy organic or make your own), something I think is crucial for their well-being. The extra money spent on food can be saved by not buying the mass-produced and potentially harmful toys. He suggests eco-friendly toys like tennis balls, instead. Bach writes:'I believe green investing will be to the 21st century what technology was the the 20th century,' and encourages readers to invest in green opportunities, businesses and services that will help the environment. Bach also encourages to contribute to green causes. I highly recommended this book. Improve the health of the environment, your family, yourself. Oh yeah--and grown rich! By the author of the award winning book,Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet

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