This Green House
Home Improvements for the Eco-smart, the Thrifty, and the Do-it-yourselferBook - 2009
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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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