This Green House

This Green House

Home Improvements for the Eco-smart, the Thrifty, and the Do-it-yourselfer

Book - 2009
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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Just the thought of “going green” can make you feel blue. Trying to live sustainably sounds like a whole lot of work and a whole lot of deprivation. Well, Josh Piven aims to both shrink your carbon footprint and soothe your eco-anxiety. In a guidebook that’s as funny as it is practical, Piven shows you how to green every room of the house—and have a good time doing it. 
Projects range from the playful (raising trout in your swimming pool) all the way to big-time, serious home alterations (installing a root cellar) that will have your neighbors green with envy. Don’t fret if you’re not a natural wrench-turner: Most of Piven’s suggestions are inexpensive, totally approachable, and accompanied by clear illustrations. This Green House is likely to be the most entertaining homeowner’s manual you’ve ever used.

Publisher: New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2009
ISBN: 9781584797869
Branch Call Number: 643.7 P688g
Characteristics: 191 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Dec 14, 2010

This was a very quick read. It had some interesting things in it, but seems to be geared towards those who are willing to build their own manual washing machine or to greening the roof of their house. I liked the stain treating section, didn't have corn starch in my current arsenal. Otherwise, all the price points listed for the various projects are American, as well as the various government eco-programs.


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Mar 19, 2011

some of the Tips are Not-so-thrifty :

* spend $10k to make your car more efficient / tread lighter in the carbon-foot-printing process, or whatever

- I mean, I wouldn't even spend $10k on a "new" (ie, lightly-used) car, to begin with! Unless it"s a Porsche - check in with me again in 20-100 years, see if I bot meseln one uv thoze yet.

ON more Positive and realistic note: Some gems I got value from:

* sealing air leaks around windows (exactly what to buy and why, esp re lowest-cost, best/same-effect);

* building your own rain barrel, including accounting for overflow and why that"s a good idea for all the reasons, and how to get a functioning non-leaking hose running from the thing, and including cost of weird (!!!) stuff like a basic barrel (s/b only $25, yay! - I've been looking for giant plastic garbage bins on sale, for 2 years now!), and what type of store sells it (no or very little name-branding of retailers in this book, which is nice to see, esp in this day and age of click-per-fill-someone's-pocket and search-per-advertising-budget);

For all us super-like-to-know-everything-about-everything-that-interests-us, AND for those freaks who think the world's gonna end tomorrow and/or wanna run out and get a bunch of canned goods in case it does:

the author's a trainer in survivalism, which is really cool cuz you always need stuff you dont have ready, and/or are by yourself to figure out, and any advice/info from a person with this type of qualifications, is invaluable in that regard.


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