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Thrifty Green
Ease Up on Energy, Food, Water, Trash, Transit, Stuff--and Everybody Wins
Priscilla Short
ISBN: 9781573244855
Book (Paperback)
Red Wheel
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
256 pages
April 1, 2011


"If you want to stay in denial and apathy, if you want to rationalize self-destructive patterns, this book's not for you. But if you want to know how to reduce your spending and your carbon footprint while increasing the joy and the beauty in your life, if you want to live a low-cost, high-happiness life, you could not ask for a finer guide than this marvelous book." -John Robbins, author The Food Revolution, Diet for a New America, and The New Good Life

"You don't have to be rich or a rock star to figure out that living lighter is a lot more fun, healthier, and less expensive than you expected. Thrifty Green lays out the road. And you don't even need a bike or an electric car to drive there (though I'd recommend it)." Chris Paine, director, Revenge of the Electric Car and Who Killed the Electric Car?

"Far more than just a practical primer for those with an interest in living lighter on the planet, Thrifty Green succeeds in capturing a true sense of place and presents a compelling case for why living more simply can be the richest lifestyle choice of all." Jeff Yeager, author of The Cheapskate Next Door and The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches
Priscilla Short lived off the grid for a year in a strawbale house in Taos, NM, with no electricity, no running water, and a wood burning stove for heat. At the end of the year, Short returned home to Denver committed to making a smaller ecological footprint by consuming less and conserving more.

In Thrifty Green, Short offers a unique, resource-by-resource approach that shows us that the best way to practice conservation, the real win-win, involves saving money as we lighten up.

In the tradition of Ed Begley, Jr.s Living with Ed, this book will help you make crucial decisions about transportation, heat, power, light, water, food, and garbage.

Peppered with examples of people living both on and off the grid, eccentric and ordinary, who are deliberately making choices to live with less, Thrifty Green is much more than a how-to book. It is a conscientious guide to the art of going green that includes a wealth of terrific tips, fun facts, and straightforward strategies that will make you think about conservation in a whole new way.

Priscilla Short holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in mathematics and a Master of Science from The College of William and Mary in operations research. She spent over a decade in the corporate world working as a systems engineer developing software to optimize the resource usage of government satellite systems. She lives in Colorado. Photo credit: Heather Wagner
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