Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet

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Save Your Planet?and Your Wallet

Going green doesn?t mean spending big bucks on organic food, solar panels, and hybrid cars. At its core, green living is simply about moderation, efficiency, and?believe it or not?living less expensively. Shift Your Habit shows you how to make easy changes to your lifestyle that will do the most to benefit your budget and the planet.
 
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Overview

Save Your Planet—and Your Wallet

Going green doesn’t mean spending big bucks on organic food, solar panels, and hybrid cars. At its core, green living is simply about moderation, efficiency, and—believe it or not—living less expensively. Shift Your Habit shows you how to make easy changes to your lifestyle that will do the most to benefit your budget and the planet.
 
Included are hundreds of habit-shifting suggestions to leave you with thousands of dollars you would otherwise never see again. These are tiny modifications that any family can make . . . and some already have. You’ll meet fifteen families who can testify to just how simple shifting can be and how much money can be saved.
 
Shift Your Habit pinpoints small tweaks that can lead to huge personal and planetary rewards, such as:
 
• Switch to an ultra-low-flow showerhead—save $135 a year
• Pack waste-free school lunches—save $200 per child a year
• Reduce your driving speed by 5 m.p.h.—save $900 a year
• So far, Shifter Families have saved almost $100,000, nearly 500,000 gallons of water, and more than 15 tons of waste
 
Every shift counts, and with numbers like these, it’s easy to see just how much.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307465306
  • Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,515,848
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Shifters 5

The Super Shifts 7

1 Home and Garden 11

2 Food and Drink 65

3 Kids 103

4 Pets 133

5 Work 147

6 Electronics and Entertainment 171

7 Health, Beauty, and Fashion 193

8 Transportation and Travel 223

9 Holidays and Celebrations 255

Afterword 273

Acknowledgments 275

Index of Tips 276

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