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Guide to Sustainable Living book

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Ed Begley Jr.'s Guide to Sustainable Living is a well written and easy to understand book. This eco-primer is full of ideas for greening up your house, office, or storage shed. It makes a great housewarming gift and is a good place to start before planning your next do-it-yourself project.

Newsweek magazine called Ed Begley Junior the "star of climate change" and his expertise and passion for the subject show in this book. The Guide to Sustainable Living is full of first-hand accounts and practical tips. The book asks earth friendly questions, but it also gets the reader thinking about why those questions are important.

  • Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter, New York
  • Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks


  • The foreword is written by Jay Leno and includes some pretty high praise: "I'm a great admirer of what Ed's done over the years and he's inspired a lot of deadbeats like me. I hope he can inspire you, too."

    The blurb from the back cover: "Ed Begley, Jr.’s Guide to Sustainable Living lays out a detailed road map culled from Ed’s thirty-nine years of green living. For the first time ever, a comprehensive plan is provided, from effective conservation techniques to producing your own energy.

    Starting with the energy audit, Ed shows us how to create a game plan for resource conservation in the home. Then, once an adequate baseline of resource use is achieved, he leads us into more in-depth eco-matters, such as the production of alternative energy, and how to use solar and wind energy and a geothermal pump. As Ed’s guide continues, the focus then turns to sustainable lifestyle management choices, such as home gardening, and guidelines on creating a green nursery for your children. This book covers it all–small to large–in plain language and in a progression from resource conservation to energy production and lifestyle management that makes both environmental and fiscal sense.

    There’s something here for everyone–new and experienced environmentalists alike–and Ed walks you through every step of the way with helpful sidebars that outline costs and paybacks, as well as essays detailing his experiences of completing these eco-projects on his own home.

    Ed Begley, Jr., is a veteran actor and a committed environmentalist. He resides in Los Angeles in a self sufficient home powered by solar energy."
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