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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. Karen says:

    We live in South Texas and have found plants that are climate friendly, requiring little watering. This piece would look fabulous on my patio!

  2. Amena1 says:

    Thank you Gail for this second chance!!!!! I thought you would never come back…
    I had purchased HE Washer and dryer by LG.. I am not one to throw out usable appliances, but mine were finally unrepairable….So I enjoy not having to spend so much GREEN $ on repairs……
    I always give usable clothing and etc to the churches around my neighborhhood.. The church has a little consignment store and I believe every Wednesday they have a small room of reusable items they give away….I close all my drapes and blinds to conserve energy… I drive my husband and children crazy recycling the itsy bitsiest things I can find… The smallest plastic, take of the staples of anything I can recycle..Most of my trash is only 1/3 full… Everything else is in the recycle bin!!!! Its a great habit!!!! Thank you!!!
    Oh, not to mention my coffee grinds are outside in my yard…….Thanks!!!

    • Amena1 says:

      And to boot…. We are a family of seven…

      • Amena1 says:

        My daughter has taken Art for a class in High School… We recently went to a art show at her school… I wouldn't leave until I saw every piece of artwork from every child…. Its a wonderful class and art is a wonder of the world!!!! It is so amazing that you can use your imagination and everything becomes art!!!
        Carrie McGee, It's just beautiful.. Thank you for sharing your art with us all!!!!

  3. CplusE says:

    We replaced all of our toilets with low-flow models last year — the decrease in monthly water usage was unbelievable!

  4. Danni says:

    I recently brought in some new plants to add some green beauty as well as help clean the air in our house. A couple of them are vegetable plants as well…

  5. Julia says:

    My husband and I recycle as much as possible and try to keep our electricity consumption low. We've replaced all the lightbulbs with the energy efficient ones.

  6. Melanie Nicholas says:

    I love pieces of art like this…to save on water I have been planting more native plants that don't require alot of water and that are low maintenance…I love HGTV!! I watch it 24/7…thanks for all the ideas and dreaming :) ..

  7. BSEUF says:

    We are replacing all our windows! We bought a 1950s brick home several years ago and have been making small improvements little by little. But the biggest thing is windows! Each time a new one goes in we notice it right away. Not only is it energy saving but it makes the room look even more updated. Double bonus!

  8. Bostonian says:

    I joined my condo board – convinced them to install a new thermostat on the HUGE boiler in basement of our 90 year old apartment building. It actually regulates the heat better – no one in building is getting so much heat that they open windows in the winter anymore. And paid for itself in one heating season by burning 50% less heating oil (that's about 6500 gallons less oil).

  9. SWNative says:

    Gail, if there were a dictionary entry for "super fan", your picture would appear for the definition! Thank you, your awesomeness!

    Have been taking gradual steps to be more eco-friendly over the years. Since I grew up and lived in the southwest part of the country, I have brought some of my xeriscape native plant knowledge with me to Michigan and have planted many drought-tolerant native perennials/trees/shrubs in my yard and garden. [The funny thing is, we've had more rain in June than I can ever remember seeing and my perennial garden looks like it's on steroids!]

    Because of all the rain, and inspired by the Green Home, I've ordered a rain barrel that will be delivered any day now. It's not a fancy wooden one like the Green Home barrel, but it is a start, and I can link another to it, if needed.

    Have switched light bulbs to CFL's, have a newer energy-efficient furnace and hot-water heater. As funds allow, I hope to continue to deepen the hue of my green footprint! Thanks to HGTV and fellow bloggers for the inspiration!

  10. Junip says:

    Hello everyone! I wish you all good afternoon.. and a Great weekend..
    I have replaced windows. Important here in Hot Florida. I was hoping to win the house in Plymouth as I have family there and my Birthday is June 28th…..but Best Wishes to the Winner.. I can not wait to see the Show Monday nite!

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