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Practical, simple home solutions for reducing your impact on the planet
Want to go green in and around your home? This value-packed guide gives you easy-to-follow, budget-friendly tips that will reduce your ecofootprint. From using greener cleaning tools and building materials to cutting your energy costs and working with your lawn, you'll discover how to make your home cleaner, healthier, and more energy efficient.
Go green, save money using less means saving more
Reduce, reuse, recycle the reasons behind going green and tips for getting the whole family involved
Improve your energy use simple fixes for making your heating, air conditioning, lighting, water use, and appliances more efficient
Bring green to your clean practical tips for eliminating toxic cleaners from your home and cleaning every room of the house
Remodel the ecofriendly way using sustainable construction materials in your home projects
Plan your garden and landscaping organic options for growing your garden and beautifying your yard with less waste
Tap into the power of solar energy projects to make solar work for your home
Open the book and find:
How to cut back on consumption
Ways to reuse and repurpose your possessions
Recipes for green cleaning solutions
Green options for heating and cooling systems
Strategies for organic gardening
Great green food choices
Tips for financing solar investments
Green finish and construction materials
How to raise ecoconscious kids
Green Your Home All-in-One For Dummies empowers readers to make ecologically-friendly improvements to each and every area of their home. At $29.99 and 696 pages, this package is a real value and a true source book for readers looking for a substantial breadth of information and solutions yet unwilling to invest in four, five, or six books on the wide range of content that they seek.
About the Author
coauthor of Green Living For Dummies,
is an author, editor, and award-winning feature writer with 15 years’ experience writing home and lifestyle stories, many of them focused on sustainable living. Yvonne’s work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and books around the world. Her credits include National Geographic Traveler, American Profi le, The Sunday Telegraph
(UK), and CanWest newspapers.
Liz Barclay, coauthor of Green Living For Dummies, has worked as an adviser, trainer, and manager with the Citizens Advice Bureau, a nonprofi t organization in the United Kingdom that provides free, impartial advice to help individuals resolve legal, fi nancial, consumer, and other problems. Liz has worked on a wide range of business and fi nance programs for the BBC and has written for News Of The World, The Express, Moneywise, Family Circle, Save Money, and the Mail On Sunday personal fi nance magazine. She also has written UK Law and Your Rights For Dummies and Small Business Employment Law For Dummies.
Michael Grosvenor, coauthor of Green Living For Dummies, is a leading urban planning professional and freelance writer on sustainability. Through his work and writing, Michael promotes the benefi ts of making sustainable lifestyle choices. He is the director of his own consulting fi rm and holds maters degrees in Urban Affairs and Applied Social Research and a degree in Town Planning. He’s also a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and provides advice to the Institute on integrated land use and transportation planning issues.
Elizabeth B. Goldsmith, PhD, author of Green Cleaning For Dummies, is a Family Resource Management professor at Florida State University who green cleans her own home. She is a nationally known expert in how households are run, including the most documented home in America — the White House. Liz is the author of several college textbooks, including Consumer Economics: Issues and Behavior (Prentice Hall; 2nd edition Pearson) and Resource Management for Individuals and Families (Wadsworth Publishing), now in its 4th edition (Pearson). She was a Fulbright Scholar in Trinidad and Tobago, studying family and home-management practices. Liz presents papers on households and consumers at conferences worldwide and has been quoted in various publications.
Betsy Sheldon, contributor to Green Cleaning For Dummies, has served as editor in chief for three travel publications, and is the author or co-author of six books on topics from job-hunting for women to Jewish travel. Betsy writes “Green Watch,” a regular column for Indianapolis Monthly Home magazine, and contributes articles about environmental issues and sustainability to publications including Indiana Living Green and Vacation Industry Review. She is involved in a number of environmental initiatives, including the greening task force for the American Resort Development Association and the Indiana Sustainability Coalition, and also serves on the board of Earth Charter Indiana. She facilitates “Low Carbon Diet” workshops, which help participants discover the steps to lowering their own carbon footprint and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Eric Corey Freed, author of Green Building and Remodeling For Dummies, is an architect, lecturer, and writer based in San Francisco. He has 15 years of experience in green building and is a practitioner in the tradition of organic architecture fi rst developed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Eric is founder and principal of organicARCHITECT, part architecture fi rm, part think tank. Eric teaches in the Sustainable Design program he co-developed at the Academy of Art University and the University of California, Berkeley. His monthly column, Ask the Green Architect, is published by GreenerBuildings and syndicated to dozens of publications.
Rik DeGunther, author of both Solar Power Your Home For Dummies and Energy Effi cient Home For Dummies, is CEO of Effi cient Homes, an energy efficiency auditing firm in Northern California. He is actively engaged in designing and developing new solar equipment, including off-grid lighting systems and off-grid swimming pool heaters. He attended the University of Illinois as an undergraduate and Stanford University as a graduate student, studying both applied physics and engineering economics. He holds several United States patents and has designed a wide range of technical equipment, including solar power systems, weather measurement equipment, and explosive devices (strictly by accident).
Ann Whitman, coauthor of Organic Gardening For Dummies, was fortunate enough to grow up around parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles who kept compost piles out back and had keen interest in growing food and fl owers. She’s been tending her own patches of soil for more than 30 years. Ann earned a bachelor of science degree in Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. She also completed a master of arts degree in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design in Massachusetts. Ann is the author of Trees and Shrubs For Dummies, as well as How-To Landscaping Basics and Water Gardens: Simple Steps to Adding Beauty of Water to Your Garden, both published by Time Life.
The National Gardening Association (NGA), coauthor of Organic Gardening For Dummies, is committed to sustaining and renewing the fundamental links between people, plants, and the earth. NGA is best known for its gardenbased curricula, educational journals, international initiatives, and several youth garden grant programs. Together, these reach more than 300,000 children nationwide each year. To fi nd out more about the NGA, visit www.garden.org/home.
Owen Dell, author of Sustainable Living For Dummies, is an internationally recognized expert in sustainable landscaping. He has authored numerous publications for Sunset Magazine, National Gardening Magazine, Southern California Gardener, Pacifi c Horticulture, and many others. An international speaker, he is also the cowriter and cohost of the California television series Garden Wise Guys (www.citytv18.com), a sustainable landscaping sitcom.
His book How to Start a Home-Based Landscaping Business (Globe Pequot Press) has helped budding professionals get a healthy start on their careers. Owen’s work has been featured on HGTV, Peak Moment Television, and NBC and in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Landscape Architecture magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and in many other publications.
Table of Contents
Part I: Green Living.
Chapter 1: The World’s Gone Green!
Chapter 2: Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling.
Chapter 3: Making Great Green Diet Decisions.
Chapter 4: Setting Your Kids on the Path to a Green Lifestyle.
Chapter 5: Keeping Your Home Healthy.
Part II: Energy Efficiency.
Chapter 1: Taking Stock of Your Energy Effi ciency and Use.
Chapter 2: Sealing and Insulating Your Home.
Chapter 3: Maximizing Your Heating and Air-Conditioning System.
Chapter 4: Lighting Your Home More Effi ciently.
Chapter 5: Increasing Your Water Effi ciency.
Chapter 6: Taking Control of Appliances and Electronics.
Chapter 7: Controlling Solar Exposure for Light and Heat.
Part III: Green Cleaning.
Chapter 1: Bringing “Green” to “Clean” for a Healthier Home.
Chapter 2: Building an Arsenal of Green Cleaning Tools.
Chapter 3: Mixing Up Your Own Green Cleaning Solutions.
Chapter 4: Making Green Work of Laundry.
Chapter 5: Bringing Kitchens and Baths to a Green-Clean Sheen.
Chapter 6: Working Outside In for a Clean and Green Home.
Part IV: Green Remodeling.
Chapter 1: Thinking Sustainability When You Remodel.
Chapter 2: Thinking about Building Materials in New Ways.
Chapter 3: Green Finish and Construction Materials.
Chapter 4: Exploring Options for Heating and Cooling Systems.
Part V: Sustainable Landscaping.
Chapter 1: Pursuing a Smart, Sustainable Landscape.
Chapter 2: Making Sustainable Decisions for Your Landscape Design.
Chapter 3: Hardscaping: Beauty and Function from Patios, Walls, and More.
Chapter 4: Selecting Plants for a Sustainable Landscape.
Chapter 5: Finding Greener Ways to Work Around (or with) Lawns.
Part VI: Organic Gardening.
Chapter 1: Sowing the Seeds of Organic Gardening.
Chapter 2: Improving Your Soil and Feeding Your Plants Organically.
Chapter 3: Controlling Weeds, Pests, and Disease.
Chapter 4: Raising Organic Vegetables and Herbs.
Chapter 5: Finding Organic Success with Fruit.
Part VII: Solar Power.
Chapter 1: Soaking Up the Pluses and Minuses of Solar Power.
Chapter 2: Preparing for a Switch to Solar.
Chapter 3: Jumping In to Small Projects with Big Results.
Chapter 4: Financing Your Solar Investments.