Book: Go Green, $ave GreenTyler Hogan
I’ve been reading Go Green, Save Green by Nancy Sleeth of late. I’m fairly impressed. This little $15 book is the best book on Christian Stewardship of Finances and the Environment I’ve ever seen. Nancy shares her family’s inspiring story of faith and lifestyle revolution, while managing to offer a plethora of practical advice and plans any family could follow. She shows how her family cut their electric bill to under $20/month, broke unhealthy habits, and grew closer to God in the process. In eleven chapters, she brings a wealth of great ideas on how to save money and better care for God’s earth in areas such as Home, Lawn & Garden, Work, Transportation, Church, Entertainment, and more.
She also calculates the impact that simple changes can make in your budget. For instance, did you know that adjusting your thermostat by 3 degree can save ou around $200/year? Or that an insulation blanket on your water heater could lower your bill by $120/year?
One of my favorite things about her style is that it’s non-judgemental, and seeks to help you make even small changes. Some of her advice can be taken in 5 minutes, while other hard-core projects need to be done over the course of months. Just do what you can. At the end of each chapter is a check list that breaks down what you can do today, this week, this month, and this year, as well as a table showing your savings and suggested ways of using your extra cash for the Kingdom.
As a new home-owner, I found her advice in the Home and Lawn section to be especially helpful. Making all those necessary “start-up” purchases was a lot more fun as we thought about ways to save money long-term. She even talked me into buying a reel-mower (amish style) for my yard! It makes sense as I have a small yard. It takes me 20 minutes to mow, I get more exercise, it cost 1/2 of a gas mower, it’s quiet, and I’ll never have to buy gas or oil (or store flammable liquids in my garage). Helen and I have both gotten laughs and insight from Nancy, and our wallets are better for it.
Filled with lots of great websites, scripture, personal stories, and practical application, this is a must-read for the frugal family. $14.99 on Amazon!