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design-happens-green-home-mcgee110x400It’s an exciting day in the world of Freebie Fridays. We’re giving you the chance to win an original work of art from artist Carrie McGee, whose piece 5 Strands is featured in the 2010 HGTV Green Home in Plymouth, Mass. Carrie has created the new piece, Oscillations, just for Design Happens readers. Oscillations was made by using rust, metal leaf and oil paint on acrylic blocks to create a truly unique work of art. For a chance to win this beautiful piece, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, June 28.  To find out more about Carrie’s piece, check out Gail, the HGTV Green Home Super Fan’s video. Be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you win. Mark your calenders for June 28 at 8 e/p for an in-depth tour of the home with Sabrina Soto. At the end of the show, watch as Jamie Durie hands over the keys and $100,000 to one lucky winner. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!

This week we want to know, what are you doing to make your home more eco-friendly? Cutting down on energy usage by properly insulating your walls? Minimizing the need for irrigation by planting hardy, native plants? You have until 12/11c Monday to answer. Click for official rules. The 2010 HGTV Green Home is only the second home in Massachusetts to achieve Gold certification by the National Association of Home Builders — see why here.


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398 Responses

  1. charmayne3c says:

    My small contribution to Energy saving was by purchasing a toilet that uses only half of what the old one used.

  2. samaraii says:

    I housesit so cannot change the house but I keep lights off if possible, run the dishwasher as little as possible, keep blinds down in high heat, don't leave fridge doors open longer then required , don't leave water running when brushing teeth and keep air conditioning at 83 degrees

  3. Barbara says:

    Fingers crossed!

  4. Michelle says:

    Here are some of the things I do to help our planet and community. I re-use all of my scrap computer paper as note pads. We mow high and use mulching blades. We mulch our leaves and fallen branches with a mulcher for garden use and filling in holes in our yard. I donate all my used clothing, coats and household goods. I make most of my birthday, new baby and wedding gifts.We work from home, so it is easier to control our working environment., so our heat is kept at 65 – 67 and we just dress warmer. In the summer we start work around 5 am and knock off by 3pm when the heat gets unbearable and only use room airconditioning when it is absolutely neccessary. I recycle EVERYTHING, including toilet paper rolls. I make a list on errand day to minimize back-tracking and try to get most things in the same place. I so wanted this house in Plymouth, but am excited to see who the lucky winner is! God Bless Them!

  5. hgtvnidal says:

    I have a big dream of to be the winner of The Green Home 2010 with so much environmental-ecological friendly things! Also, I want to win the Carrie McGee, because she is a very known artist, with so many expositions in galleries, and many other places! See the HGTV photos to enjoy more the most wonderful home "GHTV Green Home 2010", and the GMC Terrain Truck! On the living, photo No.19 is the McGee art. Good lock to everyone, and thanks HGTV!

  6. caryn says:

    I cant believe you did this for us Gail !!! LOL. I said from the very beginning when we started being able to see bits & pieces of the green home pics I spotted that piece of work and wrote in saying how special & beautiful that piece of art is.Its wonderful how you chose to give some of it away !! It adds sparkle and shine to the wall . I LOVE IT !!!!

  7. Carole Ann says:

    How about protecting your clothing with an apron or a bib. We waste water and resources at the dry cleaners every day. Years ago, women all wore aprons of some kind and I still think it's important. Try talking a walk outside instead of turning on your treadmill and wasting energy. Turn your computer to the off mode when not in use. I think every idea that's been posted about recycling and conserving energy is so valuable. I just hope that the bloggers aren't the only people implementing them. Best of luck to the Green Home winner. It's been a pleasure sharing on this blog.

  8. Carole Ann says:

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if every school system in the country required the kids to have a reusable water bottle with them at all times. Can you even imagine how much plastic would not end up in the landfill. They can fill them at home with whatever they want to drink during school hours.

  9. Gubio77 says:

    We updated our lightbulbs, installed an energy efficient air conditioner, turn off lights when not needed, unplug appliances when not in use, recycle, etc.

  10. Kathy439 says:

    This is my last entry on this blog to win Carrie's art piece but I will continue to blog on with you all . Thanks HGTV TEAM you are all awesome! Just had to put new gutters and downspouts on after the winter snow & ice took them out after 96 winters. Used long extensions to reach farther out into the yard to carry the water to the shrubs and lawn away from the building. Water can be our friend and our enemy.

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