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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About 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.
Table of Contents
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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
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!
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.
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...