Tips to Green Your Home

MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor Dan Chiras provides you with the tools you need to green your home. In his new book, Green Home Improvement, you’ll read about tricks to save water and energy, basic DIY projects and more.
December 2008/January 2009
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Learn how to green your home, including using rainwater barrels to recycle water naturally for the garden.


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Check out this expert home-improvement advice to green your home and save on utility bills, use fewer chemicals and help the environment.

Tips to Green Your Home

Green Home Improvement by MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributing editor Dan Chiras delivers what the cover promises: “65 projects that will cut utility bills, protect your health and help the environment.” Anyone with basic do-it-yourself skills can implement the projects outlined in many chapters, although Chiras points out several projects that are best left to the pros.

Each chapter summarizes costs (and potential savings where applicable) so you know what to expect before you invest time or money. And smattered throughout the book are more than 100 “Go Green” tips that offer suggestions for saving energy and water, while using fewer chemicals in your home.

Chiras, a green building expert and consultant, takes you beyond the four walls of your house to explore composting, rainwater collection and drip irrigation systems. There’s even a section on building a new green home. For a sneak peak, read Save Money with an Energy-Efficient Furnace, which is the first installment of a new department that will excerpt from the book.