Simply Green (Google eBook)

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Kensington Publishing Corp., Mar 1, 2009 - Nature - 240 pages
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It's Not About Politics.
It's About Caring--And What Every Family Can Do!

Written by a passionately concerned couple--David Seligman is an active duty U.S. serviceman and Melissa is a devoted stay-at-home mom--this is the first book about going green that won't scare you with statistics, overwhelm you with science, or make you feel guilty about your SUV. Instead, this indispensable guide will help families everywhere to take simple, practical steps, to lower their energy consumption and help create a healthier planet--and a more sustainable lifestyle.

Simply Green takes a fresh look at every part of your household and every aspect of your life, from what you teach your children to what you put in your laundry machines. Full of energy-saving and money-saving "Green Tips," Simply Green shows how to:

  • Use recycled water around your house and garden

  • Heat and cool your home while you lower your energy bill

  • Throw away less trash

  • Make your own, environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions

  • Lower the power usage of your appliances

  • Choose indoor houseplants that help purify the air

  • Make green awareness an active part of your family's life--and have more fun in the natural world

  • And much more!

Filled with dozens of useful resources, surprising facts and a long list of options for "going green," Simply Green is for those of us who may not be able to afford to make huge changes--but can't not afford to do what we can.

*Printed on recycled paper.

Melissa and David Seligman run their Tennessee home using their "simply green" principles. David has a degree in natural resource conservation and management with an emphasis in environmental policy. He has worked as an environmental educator for Lexington Parks and Recreation and does GIS-related work for the U.S. Army. Melissa is the author of The Day After He Left for Iraq, and her work has appeared in The Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper. They live in Memphis.

  

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Contents

Green Can Be Simple
1
Take It Outside
5
Branch Out
7
Squash the Litterbug
9
Plant a Garden
11
Get an Old Set of Wheels
13
Green Grass Pass
14
Green Means Stop
17
Light Your Green Fire
82
GREEN DREAMS 32 Between the Sheets
85
Dont Let the Energy Bugs Bite
87
Get Picky
89
Take the Time to Smell the Houseplants
91
LATHER RINSE REUSE 36 Put On Your Green Shower Cap
95
UnflushYour Money Down the Drain
98
The Tooth of It All
100

Weed Out the Pests
19
Pile It Up
22
Plant a Tree
25
Recycle Rain
28
Recycle Your Memories
29
Bring It Home
33
ADD A LITTLE GREEN TO YOUR DIET 12 Develop Your Kitchens Ecosystem
35
If Its Not on a List It Doesnt Exist
36
Its in the Bag
38
Buy Ourganically
41
Spice It Up
45
Dine and Dab with Cloth
47
Doctor Your Fridge and Freezer
48
Ditch Disposable Dishes
50
Sit Back and Get Lazy
52
Turn It In
56
Save Your Trashs Life
59
Avoid the Breakfast Bag Blues
62
Get Off the Bottle
65
Expose Electronic Ghosts
69
LIVE IT 26 See the Light
71
Squeeze the Tube
73
Outside In
75
Seek the Trashed Treasure
77
Take a Load Off
80
Go Natural and Green Clean
102
Everything but the Bathroom Sink
106
Lighten Your Load
109
Tumble Dry Lowdown
112
A Mixed Load of Laundry Tips
115
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM 44 Get Out of Hot Water
121
Behind Closed Garage Doors
123
Insulate Your Bank Account
127
Your Green Foundation
129
Nurture the Green Genes
133
Chat with Those Chatty Critters
135
Green Creations
137
Toy with It
144
Put the FUN Back in the Family Functions
148
Take Em Along for the Ride
151
Too Green for School
155
Let Them Take the Reins
159
Drive Green and Clean
165
Printer Whoas
173
Take It to the Streets
179
Train Yourself and Your Family
185
Notes
193
Additional Reading
210
Index
217
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About the author (2009)

Melissa Seligman writes at home when she's not caring for her two young children. Her husband is in the U.S. Army. She and her family live in Clarksville, Tennessee, just outside Fort Campbell Army Base.

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