According to this article, an engineer from Vermont has designed a more simple and sustainable life for himself. He minimizes his yearly impact on the environment and his pocketbook by consuming less and living for $5,000 a year.
He argues: “This belt-tightening is good for us,” he says. “We’re swimming in a society that’s super consumptive. Right now is such a beautiful opportunity for us to become sustainable.”
His book, Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth, seems worth checking out. I'm also intrigued by a book that influenced his own thinking: Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence.
I definitely don't see myself living on $5,000 a year, but I bet I can get ideas about how to continue to reduce. I'm going to see if I can find these in the Houston Public Library system...