Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying
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Go Green, Live Rich: 50 Simple Ways to Save the Earth and Get Rich Trying

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  391 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Let David Bach show you a whole new way to prosper—by going green

Internationally renowned financial expert and bestselling author David Bach has always urged readers to put their financial lives in line with their values. But what if your values are a cleaner and greener earth? Most people think that “going green” is an expensive choice they can’t afford. Bach is here to s...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Crown Business (first published 2008)
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Carrie
There some good reminders in this book, reminders for everyone to think about their choices. However, the ideas are very basic and obvious. I was perturbed to read Bach's recommendation to parents to use disposable diapers - I think he is way off on that one. Don't waste your money or time on this book.
Tamara
By the author of the Automatic Millionaire. Good for those without a social conscience and an eye on the checkbook.
Yei Ling
I enjoyed reading this book, but I found some of suggestions were not very realistic.
1. One way the book mentioned as a way to save the Earth was to stop using plastic water bottles. Instead, turn to reusable water bottles. A couple of links were provided for those who would like to purchase a reusable water bottle. One particular water bottle that stood out to me was the bottle made from 100% corn. It's made to decompose after a couple of uses(10+ times). Initially, I thought it was very uniqu...more
Tara
Oct 14, 2008 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Those wanting to save a few bucks and save the planet at the same time.
Recommended to Tara by: my grad school friend, Chandra
Shelves: non-fiction, 2008
The purpose of this book is to encourage eco-friendly living, which will result in money saved. The "Live Green, Live Rich" tips Bach provided were straightforward and made me want to begin my journey to "Live Green." So many of his tips were common sense, easy to implement kind of things like not letting the water run while your brushing your teeth, unplugging your appliances and electronics when they are not in use, carpooling, etc. Some of the ideas, though, I had not though of and am really...more
Yoga
Jul 23, 2008 Yoga rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: beginner investor inspired by green living
Shelves: finance, environment
David Bach is the writer of the popular Finish Rich series. I haven't read his other books, so I can't comment on the series yet.

In Go Green, Bach starts with a chapter on knowing your impact on the environment, opening up the setting for the whole book. For the next nine chapters, Bach outlines some fifty tips on changing your behaviors so not only you would save the planet, but also save up some cash in the process (much like what William McDonough advocates that being green equals being effic...more
Joan
Apr 25, 2008 Joan rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people interested in 'going green' who check multiple sources before implementing change
Recommended to Joan by: the author in monthly emails
David Bach includes many good tips on 'going green,' and at least six which our family can start using in the near future. I've read most of his 'Finish Rich' books and did enjoy this one during an easy one hour review. That said, sadly there were numerous tips which in my opinion were not researched sufficiently. For example:

- Eating vegetarian meals one day per week to save money is foolish. Do it because you want or need to, not to save money. Medical research clearly shows human beings need...more
Peregrine
Sep 14, 2008 Peregrine rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone wanting to lead a greener existence
This book is completely amazing - it has great eco tips sliced down into a few pages each addressing a specific topic, discussing both monetary and environmental aspects. While I haven't seen anything thus far that will make me "rich" - he does have some great information that I never knew, such as that some bottled waters are actually just straight tap water (shame on you Pepsi!) and those that are from springs are less heavily regulated than tap water. Wow, eye opening information and enjoyabl...more
Jillian
Most of these tips weren't new to me, but here are some great new tips I learned about:

http://www.yardsalequeen.com/ (How to have a great yard sale.)

Find hiking clubs at sierraclub or REI and Google state parks in your area.

Travelocity--travel for good. (Eco-tourism.) There are a lot of great suggestions for volunteering and travel.

Using meetup.com to meet other green community members. (Other groups are mentioned as well.)

http://green.yahoo.com/makeitgreen/ (And other green news groups listed.)...more
Nate
Not bad. Bach provides a few interesting ways to not only help the environment but to save (and supposedly make) money too. My biggest concern is the authors promotion of bio-diesel. While bio-diesel seemed like a good idea at first, it has been debated that growing plants for fuel will only increase the demand. An increased demand will increase the need for land (goodbye rainforests), make the plants more expensive in the long run, and eventually make food more expensive, particularly for those...more
Rachel
Tip number 2 was to dump my gas guzzler and get a fuel efficient car.

1- I have 3 cars. None of them are especially efficient, but they are all paid for. Why would I trade debt free for fuel efficiency.
2- They suppose that gas is 2.75 a gallon, that I'll spend less on gas, and that I'll invest the difference at 8% return. (a)gas is dropping, but still at least 2.90/gallon. (b) What investment is giving an 8% rate of return?!?
3- I have 4 kids. I'd need 2 cars per trip to move my family around, w...more
Laurie
For anyone who is trying to be more green, this is a great book. It is mostly filled with simple steps which are practical and easy to do. The author has a great way of showing the impact of those steps on the earth's atmosphere and your wallet. I was already doing some of the things mentioned in the book, but I feel there is even more I can do. I don't know how concerned about global warming I should be, honestly I don't know much about it, I don't even know if I should be worried. But, I do kn...more
Gretchen
This is a useful book that gives several suggestions for reducing one's "carbon footprint." Some of them are so easy, it's ridiculous, such as bringing your lunch to work rather than buying it. David Bach is very good about pointing out how making some of these changes in our lives will actually save money, due to the common misconception that making environmentally-friendly choices as consumers usually costs more.

I checked this book out of the library, but I think it's probably one that is wor...more
Hilary Roberts
This was a great book for starting you thinking about all the ways you can "go green." The book is divided into sections of ways to go green - energy, driving, water usage, shopping, recycling, etc. Within each section, the author gives several suggestions for things to start doing (or stop doing). I love that he has "Go Green Action Steps" at the end of each section with very specific things you can do. This book does not go in-depth into the ideas; rather, it gives 50 different ideas and enoug...more
Janae
This was a really great book to read for me lately because I only have a few minutes to pick something up. It gets to the meat of each subtopic and then offers an incredible amound of links (over 100) for you to find out more if you want to. I copied most of the links into my del.icio.us account. Please feel welcome to browse through it.
http://del.icio.us/janae.galindo/green

Going Green has become very important to me, and if anyone else would like to learn more about it and borrow this book, I a...more
Natalie
This had tons of resources in it. Some ideas were obvious, like CFLs, reusable bags, etc. Some were much more interesting and out there, like vacations where you help researchers study animals (I see Dan agreeing to that ummm, never!). There was some good math in there and I do believe I got some ideas that will help us save money. There's now yet another argument against cutting down one of the big trees in our yard since they shade the house in the summer.

Overall I think this was a good book b...more
Traci
If you are already making an effort to save the earth this gives you more tips and websites that would be helpful. If you are not already saving the earth then this gives you 50 tips as to where you could start your green living. I liked the helpful websites. There are some on how to choose a greener car to see what your carbon output is a year. The carbon output test was just fun it is at www.earthlab.com/carbonprofile . It was fun but I went back and tried it a couple of times just to see what...more
Traca
Apr 20, 2008 Traca rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone who uses and abuses our planet!
Recommended to Traca by: Jeri
When I first saw this book I figured Bach had just tried to tap into the latest trend to make his next million. How serious could he be about going green? But I believe he is sincere in his efforts. As far as the content: anyone who is dark green will not find much useful info. But for folks who seem overwhelmed by a greener way of life, this book is a good place to start. Bach does keep it simple in his 50 steps. The book is very well organized and has great resources for anyone who thinks you...more
Claire
A good quick book if you see it at the library. Easy read, more like a list. Best part is the websites that he gives (about 5 per suggestion) that help you do practical and green things like cutting down on junk mail or investing green. I didn't find anything I hadn't heard about before, but good reminders and reasons why it is important.

The author is trying to make the pitch that you can save money by going green, which I'm sure you can but the book really makes the case for going green, not t...more
Lauren
EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK! It only took me about 4 hours, and is not so much a chapter book as it is a guide to all the things available to us for a cheaper & more environmentally friendly life. It doesn't make you feel bad for not being green, but shows you the cool new options that can reduce your carbon footprint AND save you $$$$. I have referred back to it about 20 times since reading for the great links & references it provides... LOVE IT!!!!
Robin
This book is ok. I mean it's pretty informative, I'm not a true convert to going completely green by any means, but am interested in somethings at least. I felt like there's some good info in this book but it really bugs me when an author has to keep refering to all the other books they've written, like look at me see how great I am. That was my feeling anyway. The information part on living Green was educational, I learned some things I didn't know.
Martin Streetman
Jun 16, 2008 Martin Streetman rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: hippies, closet or otherwise
This is a short book that tells us to use less, think more about what and how we use things and take all the financial savings we get, by say getting rid of our car, and invest it for the future. There are lots of web sites mentioned, I wrote down about 30. This is a timely book as I now hit the $75 limit when filling up my truck. I may be a closet hippy but I would be interested to know what a real hippy thought about the things mentioned here.
Linda
May 27, 2008 Linda rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Linda by: Emily & Bobbi Bach!
Another book from David Bach....this time about going green (not that he's any kind of expert on that subject). Given to us by his sister, our financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. A quick read, naively written regarding the connection between going green and getting rich doing so! Really don't think it's very helpful. Most of the info we've all heard regarding recycling, conservation, etc. But it's a pretty book....!
Latasha
I was surprised at how informative this little book is. It's a coupe years old now, but it does have a lot of great resources and ways to "start small." It also makes a great point about the cost of "green living" not being as high as it seems to someone who hasn't tried. Lots of information green investing and how to make your home green without spending a lot. I actually liked this book, I thought it would be a joke.
Jessica
Aug 15, 2008 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone trying to live a green lifestyle without breaking the bank
I loved this book. A key reason why lots of people don't live green is because it's more expensive. This book gives you plenty of ideas of how to start living an environmentally friendly lifestyle without breaking the bank. They are small steps that are easy for anyone to start with one or two things and work their way up. It's written in a way that's quick to read and is loaded with resources to help you.
Cheri
Aug 27, 2008 Cheri rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: someone born yesterday
Not very original or even that useful for anyone that has a green fingertip.

Some of the suggestions - like trading in your car for a prius - could actually end up costing you more money in the end and have little real impact.

Good for those who have been living under a rock or don't get why they should lower the thermostat.
Valerie
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Vedasri Siddamsetty
Bach gives us ideas on how to be green and reminds one to tread softly on the planet. I wholeheartedly agree to most of his ideas. A good read, that reminds you of how going green is very cheap and that richness is nothing but a reward!
Carol
While getting rich isn't my life goal, I am concerned about trying to help our planet; saving money doing it is a bonus. There are great ideas for becoming more green with websites for more information. My next green goals include turning off the water when I brush my fangs and using reusable bags at the store.
W.J. Gunning
A great collection of ideas for those who want to do what they can to leave a better planet. The concept of living rich by going green is also an interesting adjunct to this concise collection of planet saving ideas, and a concept worth adding to the mix as one begins their journey towards healing our planet.
Cynthia
Aug 23, 2008 Cynthia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cynthia by: Amazon.co
I liked this book. It was an easy read and gave me several new ideas.I especially liked the action steps included with each suggestion. If you are just starting out on your green adventure this will give you a pat on the back for the things you have put in place and help you determine the next thing to try.
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