With the Direct Energy Monthly Book Series, we’ll introduce you to the best books on a variety of engaging subjects – from green living and parenting to budgeting and home improvement. To ensure we provide a little something for everyone, each installment will feature books ranging from the introductory level to in-depth! While our recommendations aren’t specific endorsement of these books or authors, they do reflect what we feel are educational and analytical reads on the topic.
As a concept, green living varies from person to person. While each individual may have a different idea of what it means to live green, the underlying definition is living a lifestyle that does not harm nature or the environment. The idea behind green living is to reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible – but how much you decide to incorporate it into your life is completely up to you. In this segment of our Monthly Book Series, we will focus on green living and how you can make the switch to a more green lifestyle.
If you’re tired of sacrificing aesthetics for a green lifestyle, then this book is for you! A beautiful front lawn and a tasty vegetable garden of your own don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and Ivette Soler agrees. Her book, Edible Front Yard, provides step-by-step instructions on how to convert some or all of your lawn into a beautiful edible garden.
Recommended for: Folks who want to grow their own vegetables while still maintaining a beautiful front yard.
Challenging the mass-produced, standardized housing industry, Jessica Kellner’s book calls to all those non-conventional, out-of-the-box thinkers. Instead of taking out a thirty-year mortgage to live in a uniform box that looks like every other house on the block, Kellner proposes using innovative projects to create efficient and environmentally-friendly homes from recycled materials. Housing Reclaimed will inspire you to live a green lifestyle while meeting the challenges of the housing industry.
Recommended for: Readers who are handy with tools and looking to break free from the cookie-cutter housing industry.
The ultimate do-it-yourself guide to energy efficient lighting, Green Lighting is the perfect book for those looking to upgrade their residential or commercial lights. The book is filled with step-by-step instructions on what kind of lights to get, how much you’ll save, and how your switch will impact the environment.
Recommended for: Home or business owners looking to save on their electricity bill while being environmentally friendly.
If you’re a beginner to green living, then this book is for you! The introductory Earth-conscious manual teaches readers everything from alternative power sources to organic foods to building a greenhouse. The Everything Green Living Book has everything you need to incorporate green and environmentally friendly practices into your everyday life.
Recommended for: Readers who want to learn about the different ways they can incorporate green practices into their every day lives.
Advocating for a cleaner and healthier lifestyle, the Organic Housekeeping aims to replace the chemicals in the average American household with organic, healthy, and economical products instead. Great for readers who are unsure of how to have a chemical-free household, this book provides time-saving and preventative housekeeping tips that will take you one step closer to a clean and organic house.
Recommended for: People who want to maintain a clean yet toxin-free household.
Check in next month when we’ll talk about the Energy Industry segment of the Direct Energy Monthly Book Series!