Last Spring I read a short little interview with Ed Begley Jr. about how to cost effectively green your home. At the time he was helping Natural Health Magazine choose the winners for the 2009 Green Choice Awards. He gave a few green tips we all hear often but procrastinate on implementing like rain water collection barrels for watering house or garden plants - (at this time of year for us in the Midwest there won't be a whole lot of precipitation that you don't have to chip off with a shovel and warm in the microwave so that will be a project for next spring).
Anyway, I was researching eco-friendly Amazon Kindle e-books for a project and I came across Ed Begley Jr's book "Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life". While I don't own a Kindle as of yet (I'm still mixed on whether it is really more eco-friendly than books - not to mention cost friendly) I was very intrigued to read the book. So in my effort to one up the debate of Kindle downloads vs buying books I opted for the debatable most green option of reserving it from the library. While I wait, and eagerly anticipate writing my eco-friendly book review I appeased myself with tantalizing tid-bits from other satisfied readers. (Currently five stars with 25 reviews from Amazon)
Within the book you'll find suggestions to green your life in six areas including home, transportation, recycling, energy use, garden and kitchen, and clothing and skin care. Many items are common sense like turning off the lights when you leave a room, others may be a bit expensive for the everyday family like buying solar panels to get you off the grid, but other green tips are very helpful and easy to do like disconnecting unused gadgets, chargers and appliances which can save up to 10% on your electrical use.
I'll give a more in-depth review once I settle down to a warm winters night with Mr Begley, um well his book at least, until then please share your comments below or join me in reading Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life in your preferred method of reading enjoyment - book form or Kindle form.