HGTV Green Home
Apr 25

Energy-Saving Features in the HGTV Green Home

Want to green your home? Look for ways to make it more energy efficient. Even small changes can make a big difference: switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, for example, can reduce energy usage in lighting by up to 75 per cent.

The Green Home was created with energy-efficiency in mind. Its unique combination of eco-conscious features will reduce its total energy usage by as much as 30 per cent. That’s like having a year without any power bills every four or five years.

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Energy-saving features of the HGTV Green Home include Energy Star appliances, high-performance windows and doors, solar panels and Energy Star lighting.

Here are some of the ways that the Green Home accomplishes these savings. You can use these ideas to help reduce your home’s energy consumption, too.

Insulation, Insulation, Insulation – The entire house, including the attic and foundation walls are insulated. The walls and ceilings are insulated with sprayed foam that expands to fill every crevice. This is augmented with rigid insulation around the exterior.

High-Performance Doors and Windows – The high-performance doors and windows used in the Green Home reduce glare and heat gain. During construction, extra flashing was added around doors and windows to help prevent leaks.

HVAC System – The HVAC system has a number of features that improve efficiency:

  • Individual Controls – The system features several zones, and thermostats in each zone automatically adjust temperature settings during the day, evening and on weekends to save energy.
  • No CFC Refrigerant – The system does not use any potentially harmful CFC-based refrigerants.
  • Sealed Ductwork – All ducts are sized to deliver correct airflow to each room and sealed with mastic to prevent leaks.
  • Noise – The system is rated among the quietest available.

Efficient Hot Water Distribution – The house is designed to minimize the length of hot water lines. The lines are also well insulated. This reduces energy wasted waiting on hot water at the faucet.

Water Heating – Tankless water heaters save energy by only heating water when needed and providing consistently hot water.

Energy Star Appliances – Using Energy Star appliances means the home consumes 10-50 per cent less energy and water than it would with standard models.

Energy Star Lighting Fixtures – By using Energy Star light fixtures, the house provides excellent lighting, while reducing the amount of electricity used. Compact fluorescent fixtures are used extensively to reduce lighting loads and limit the amount of heat added to the house by lighting.

Solar Power – The Green Home generates some of its own electricity with solar power. The house includes a photovoltaic (PV) system that provides about 10 per cent of its required power.

Only two weeks left! Enter for your chance to win the HGTV Green Home

Can one small step really make a difference? Find out at hgtv.com/changetheworld

Ecologue: Easy Green Living

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  1. I understand that radiant floor heating is the most energy efficient heating method. HYVAC with thermal (well) is next. The builder should have used one of these!!!

    Victor L Alsberge on May 21, 2008 at 1:32 pm
  2. To have something this beautiful and elegant would be a dream come true. This home should be honored and taken care of like a new baby. I would not change one thing about it, not one thing. I have read how others have said they didn;t like this or that. I have talked to some who have seen the specials and said they would have to remodel. I would not. It would be soooo great to walk in with a suitcase and be home. It feels like home. Someone is going to be so very very happy.

    deb on May 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm
  3. I'm dreaming again! Just love looking at these pictures, and reading about this home.

    deb on May 13, 2008 at 8:10 am
  4. I'd like some information on the tankless water heaters, solar power grids, and the rain cather system for the lawn……………

    kevin on May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm
  5. I never tire looking at these pictures.

    deb on May 9, 2008 at 10:35 am
  6. I think it is wonderful that you are promoting green living. Thanks for giving us ideas that we can use in our own lives.

    Barbara on May 9, 2008 at 7:27 am
  7. We recently toured the green home. It's beautiful, but we were disappointed that specific information was so difficult to come by. How was the water reclamation done? What kind of solar panels were used? Why didn't they use bamboo for the floors since that was recommended at the clubhouse tour?
    None of the people working there could answer my questions and only referred me to the website, which wasn't any better. We want to make our next home more green and wish we could have come away with more info.

    John in Apex NC on May 8, 2008 at 12:17 pm
  8. I don't know much about going green but after seeing the many option in that Green Home it has impacted me to think more about how i can help my myself and my environment live better and longer.

    Al Taylor on May 8, 2008 at 3:52 am
  9. It’s so wonderful to see companies like HGTV and others promoting environmental awareness by utilizing eco friendly products. I believe the green home project has initiated a positive trend for America, by creating products/materials in order to establish a cleaner environment. It’s nice to see these companies interested in not only making an honest profit but also making products that provide a harmonious eco system. Because HGTV is sponsoring ecological awareness and humanity (by donating revenues from the green house tour to United Way), I will always be a loyal customer to any company that HGTV recommends or collaborates with.
    I must say that this home is a masterpiece (yet I believe any home that is eco friendly is amazing) and I hope that in the future, the majority of homeowners will feel compelled to create eco friendly facilities in their homes. ??

    Samia on May 7, 2008 at 8:39 pm
  10. If everyone would take just one hint away from what was done to make this house green, think of the impact!

    The recycling my family does in one week takes up more space curbside than the one *regular* normal trash can that sits beside the recycle pile. WE are in a mandatory town for recycling and what a difference it makes from just one family!
    Plus…the energy saver light bulbs DO work. We've substantially cut our electric bill since installing them.

    Please take advantage of the tips… make an impact on the environment TODAY!

    Sandy on May 7, 2008 at 7:05 pm
  11. We will know soon. Good luck everyone!!!

    deb on May 7, 2008 at 2:36 am
  12. Love it, love it, love it.

    deb on May 5, 2008 at 11:56 am
  13. I love the idea of using solar system and reusable rain system. Those two would save us so much money, and make natural features more useful. I think new houses nowadays should have those features. And my wife's very into all of the ideas of reusing vintage decor and furniture because she's very crafty and creative, and she likes to make a use out of junk stuff. Great job Green Team!

    Jacob Chappell on May 5, 2008 at 11:02 am
  14. Tiffany, your son will be just fine without the nicest things in life! What he needs is love from his parents and a decent home ,not the nicest! I'm sure you give him that so don't worry!

    Dana Dryburgh on May 4, 2008 at 4:43 pm
  15. I grew up on a small farm where you recycled everything. Our compost was used in the garden, the vegetables were canned even the watermelon rind was used to make preserves. My friends at school thought that we lived in the stone ages. I remember the first time I had peas from a can they tasted like metal. My husband and I always loved the Hilton Head area and remember what it was like 18 years ago. Prices were reasonable at that time, we reminice about our lost opportunity, but at the time we did'nt have the finances. The GREEN House is such a wonderful idea.

    Ginny on May 4, 2008 at 6:26 am
  16. This home is beyond my comprehension. I can't even imagine being blessed with any home let alone this one. But most likely someone who already had a home or already has money will win it. Me and my husband just wish we could give our son the best life with the nicest things. But were are just trying to survive and maintain what we have. Who ever wins this home is truly blessed. I know there are 50 million people trying to win it. So my family's chances are slim. But some one will win it and who ever does is truly blessed. Because I have never won anything in my life. Thank you HGtv for giving people like me a chance to have a nicer way of living.

    Tiffany on May 3, 2008 at 8:03 am
  17. What A Beautiful House. I have entered the dream home give aways for the past 5 years or so and the Green Home entices me even more. Would be a great Birthday present as my wifes birthday just past and mine is at the end of May. I would move from South Florida in a hot second and call this Green Home my only Home . Good luck to all and I am crossing my fingers and toes on this Beautiful house . Thanks HGTV for all the ideas and information over the years from Brian and Yesenia, Newlyweds

    Brian on May 3, 2008 at 6:26 am
  18. This is house is warm and inviting. Who wouldn't want a home like this to raise their children in? It's simply beautiful…

    zsinger on May 2, 2008 at 11:53 am
  19. Only 7 more days!!!

    Annabel on May 2, 2008 at 6:10 am
  20. Dana, you go girl. Love that beach. I've got a feeling that if I lived 'anywhere near' a beach, I would probably done the same thing.

    deb on May 2, 2008 at 4:58 am
  21. Dreaming again!!

    deb on May 2, 2008 at 2:26 am
  22. Every time I see the house it inspires me. We live in an old farm house in Michigan and are looking to move some where warm. All the wonderful features are so clever you really did your home work. Every night we walk thur the house and end out side with the sun set. Thanks for letting us dream. I think anyone would feel so proud to live in this house you thought everything thur.

    robin on May 1, 2008 at 5:26 pm
  23. The location of the Green Home is next to heaven. Gene and I were married in November. Since then we have looked at many areas of the US to live. This is perfect. A wonderful home, a fishing boat, beautiful sunsets, I can't imagine what anyone could dream for more. I know whoever eins will think the are in heaven. We hope it is us.

    Ruth on May 1, 2008 at 4:59 pm
  24. Love the house.What a birthday gift this would make for my husband John.We have friends that moved to Hilton Head a couple of years ago.Love to invite them to dinner at the (our) beautiful green home.

    Cindy on May 1, 2008 at 4:37 pm
  25. deb,thanks fot the tip about the cell phone charger! As soon as I read it I unplugged mine too! Did I tell you that my husband and I got married at Folly Beach? It was the coldest and most windy day in March! We couldn't have the ceremony on the beach because of the wind and cold but the hotel let us have the ceremony upstairs in a room that had an ocean veiw so while we said our vows we could at least look at the ocean! After the ceremony we did get a few pictures on the beach. We were freezing!But I was on the beach in my wedding gown!!

    Dana Dryburgh on May 1, 2008 at 11:20 am
  26. HGTV is amazing!!!! I truly love this home. It is perfect for me and my family. I live in Conway/Myrtle Beach, SC. Hilton Head is beautiful. I love hilton head and the surrounding area. I am a conservationist, have been for the past 27 years, but especially for the past 17 years when I started actually working with a soil & water conservation agency. I love my job. Can easily moved to another soil & water conservation agency in the area. I am always thinking about the environment and doing my part to conserve our natural resources. I actually think (and pray) about this home before I go to bed at night. I have the sunset as my desktop background. I keep changing it about every other week. Keep imagining me and my family on the porch or by the fire pit. I really would love to live in this green home. Who better to live in a green home than a conservationist. That's me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do wish everyone else luck, but I am praying that I will win this one because it fits me and my personality PERFECTLY. I also have some beautiful antique green wine glasses with a crystal bottom that would look lovely on the dining table. My daughter has a nice collection of dolpins that would look nice in the bunk room especially since the bunk beds has dolphins carve on the ends. Honestly this home was made for me and my family. I would give the home the honor it deserves. I have been imagining having so many family members over. My mom has had a tough time with cancer for the past 10 years. She and I, myself are cancer survivors. I would love for her to come and visit and just sit around the fire pit relaxing under the moonlit nights. Of course, my 8 girl friends would love to come down and spend a weekend with me. Already been dreaming about that also. Would give the hybrid to my daughter since she is at USC in Columbia. She needs an engery – efficient vehicle. Oh well, better close. Wish everyone luck and God Bless.

    Nina (NEW) on May 1, 2008 at 7:28 am
  27. Awsome! I'm medically retired and this was what I have been dreaming of, what will happen when I wake up! My dog Buddy and I are registered and would love to win this! We can be packed and ready almost at a moments notice. My favorite place is the beach, the waterfront and I love the colors especially yellow like upstairs. A new test for my Horticultural skills and a beautiful state to begin to look for treasures to add my special touches. Hey we can all dream. Matt in Johnstown Pa.

    Matt on May 1, 2008 at 7:27 am
  28. A Green Home in a green community. Wow. The home is truly beautiful. And how patriotic to be able to live in and take care of a green home. After all, green is the new red, white and blue!

    Barbara on May 1, 2008 at 6:36 am
  29. OH BOY !!!!!!!
    Cock-A-DOODLE-DO !!!!!!
    Just now 9th day away from entering to win this more than wonderful HGTV GREEN HOME !!!!!!
    So excited !!!!!!!!!!!

    Mitchell Tickle on May 1, 2008 at 5:18 am
  30. Will you be selling copies of the home plans & amenities? Perhaps for download?

    We love the layout!

    Robert M on May 1, 2008 at 4:36 am
  31. I would just die if I ever won a house like this.

    Laura on May 1, 2008 at 4:11 am
  32. Green tip of the day – heard on the news last night, if you leave your cell phone charger plugged into the wall, without your phone attached, it is still using 95% energy. I unplugged mine!! Now to the contest, bloggers and the home itself. Yes, we all want to win, that's why we are all here. Bloggers, you all are wonderful, I feel as though I have met some really good people on here, it would be nice to be able to meet someday. And last but not least the home. What else can be said about it? To me this home represents not only 'GREEN' living, but it is has the charm and grace of the old plantations that dot the coast there. I have been online (long before the contest), and looked at the Charleston, Savannah websites, because I love that kind of stuff so much but have not been fortunate enough to physically visit. I am one who would rather go around and look at the areas, find the locals, and feel the lifestyle rather than shop, or do the nightlife thing. I would rather "live". I currently susbscribe to a magazine about 'southern living', and just received a coupon in it to receive a copy of coastal living. Oh, what a dream come true that would be. Good luck friends, and have a happy, healthy day.

    deb on May 1, 2008 at 3:59 am
  33. Good night all you great bloggers. Sleep tight and have sweet dreams about a wonderful 'Green Home' in a beautiful town called 'Tradition'.

    deb on April 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm
  34. BIRD LOVER & DEB: I just knew we had something in common. 3 of us living in MI, hoping to win the amazing GREEN HOME. The first time I arrived in Tucson was during a deluge of rain, the streets were flooded, and I thought "this is the desert?". The water was soon gone and the rest of our vacation was wonderful. But,B.L., you must experience an ocean!!! Deb and Dana, I love your banter….keep it up. Love and Good Luck to all.

    Katydid on April 30, 2008 at 1:22 pm
  35. Deb: Before I moved here to Tucson last June, I lived in Brighton, Mi, for two years, then in Ypsilanti (just east of Ann Arbor) for over thirty five years. It's a small world, isn't it? Metro airport was just down the road, lol.

    bird lover on April 30, 2008 at 10:41 am
  36. Yes, They do have small palms in SC. And they are beautiful. If you go there you will see. I have pictures of the palms on Buck Island where my friends used to live.Also they have the most beautiful tall oaks with Spanish Moss hanging from the branches. The area is just too beautiful for words. And you are so close to Savanna ,Georgia there. Now you talk about southern charm and warmth. The area will just rock you to sleep in the warmth and the movement of the water. I love it there and miss it so much. Good Day to All and may God Bless.

    Laura Lockridge on April 30, 2008 at 9:31 am
  37. Good morning 'Green Home', HGTV, and all my blogging friends. Katydid, I live about 15 mins. S. of Metro Airport. Actually, our winter hasn't been that bad, but I think you got more snow up there than we did down here. I love the location and the home. The low country is a different world. It is real laid back, and real fragile, environmentally speaking. Thanks for the info on the customs and Canada, it was something I always wondered about. I have never taken a boat over there like that. And yes, 9/11 changed everything. I was working that morning. Ms. Dana, I feel for you – 38* is COLD there, but 84* is good. Take care ladies, Thanks HGTV, and GOOD LUCK TO ALL.

    deb on April 30, 2008 at 2:33 am
  38. I'm glad to see a house that's more affordable for the winner. At least this is one that the winner can keep. Thanks HGTV, please keep these types coming.

    Nancy on April 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm
  39. It seems like part of green living should include using native plants for landscape. Palm trees in SC?

    Anonymous on April 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm
  40. deb: You'll be happy to know that tonight it's getting down to 38 here. Thursday though I think the high will be 84.

    Dana Dryburgh on April 29, 2008 at 4:06 pm
  41. Deb, No sleet or frost bite around here in the NW Oakland County area where I live now. I lived for many years on the East Side and we used to (way before 9/11) boat across Lake St Clair and up the Belle River. No customs then, just very friendly Canadians. Deb, where do you live in Michigan? But I agree, nothing can compare with an ocean. I've shelled and sunned and swam in the Atlantic, Pacific and the Gulf. I too, love the sun so much, I have been known, on connecting flights, to run outside and lift my face to the sun for five minutes. So, as much as I love the location of the GREEN HOME, I love THAT AMAZING HOUSE even more. No wonder we all want to win this home, and I wish you, Deb, and all bloggers very good luck. And THANKS, THANKS HGTV for the AMAZING GREEN HOME. Pleasant dreams.

    Katydid on April 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm
  42. Since we are talking about weather, it's a beautiful day here in Middle Tennessee. About 54 degrees and Dogwoods are blooming wild all through the woods. I live in the county next to Warren county, the nursery capital of the world(we say).The birds carry seeds from flowers every where so we have the most beautiful woods along the roads that you can imagine. And the dogwood trees and white and purple locuts trees are in full bloom.Anyway, I am so anxious over this house. As I said, I recieved my package from Hilton Tradition and what they have done in Hardeeville is truly unique. The town is truely a town into its self. Shops and restaurants, parks and the entire recreation area. This place is a master piece in design. And everyone who lives there gets a battery powered golf cart included with their purchase, so you will not have the need to drive a car into the town area.what a great place to have my grandchildren. They can play without worry. I WANT TO BE THERE!!!!!!!!

    Laura Lockridge on April 29, 2008 at 9:24 am
  43. Dana, cute…very cute! And Katydid, no, I don't drink, what part of MI you are in? Was wondering if you got any of the "sleet" that fell yesterday??? If I am correct..(or should I say if the weatherman is correct), we are to be in the 20's tonight, which means everything that is blooming is at danger of getting frost bitten..I believe they said the "frost warning" is from 12M to 8A. It is a nice day, sun shining, and everything is turning "green". I'll still take Dana's rain and 74*. If we take a boat across the lake, how do we clear customs? Something I have always wondered about. We do have beautiful summers here, they just don't last long enough. Thanks for your comments ladies, take care and good luck to you.

    deb on April 29, 2008 at 9:13 am
  44. We too, would love to win/own the green home in South Carolina and are very pleased that HGTV will be giving away a home that is green and affordable by many people. I think the nicest compliment to HGTV is for the winners to be able to reside in the home and enjoy it. Cheryl & Dean

    Cheryl Lamoreaux on April 29, 2008 at 9:01 am
  45. This dream home looks great!! An applause to all involved making it happen. The Green House has a lot of people thinking green and wanting to change in their own homes. This is a great idea and opportunity to keep on. Good luck to you all.

    Mm on April 29, 2008 at 8:47 am
  46. I watched an HGTV program yesterday…"Amazing Waterfront Homes"…I didn't see the "Green Home" on it…I thought for sure it would be, since it is so "amazing"…(I know, it was a different kind of home). I will tell you this, if I had a choice, between any of those and the Green Home, I think I would choose the Green Home, for obvious reasons. It's enough, and it's the best. Good luck everyone, someone is going to be a very happy person. I also like to watch Extreme Homemakeover, to see the good that is done and the way it can change the lives of so many for the positive, always touches my heart. There really are so many good people in the world. We just have to look around us.

    deb on April 29, 2008 at 8:45 am
  47. howdy bloggers,
    i see where ya'll keep discussing my new green home, (just kidding), anyone playing the DIY challenge? started yesterday, you got a chance at $1000 home depot gift card,1 weekly $10,000 home depot gift card or $100,000 in cash, one way to look at things, we all can't win this pretty little green house, maybe a few of us can win some home depot cards and make our homes more eco-friendly, or better yet the $100,000 in cash, when i get to my new green house in june, i'll be sure to make the best diary yet, ha ha, wishful thinking never hurt no one, don't get mad, get HAPPY, LIVE well LOVE always LAUGH often… Lisa…

    Lisa Barnard on April 29, 2008 at 7:45 am
  48. I watch HGTV all the time and I have been registering daily for a chance to win the beautiful Green House. What an opportunity to start over fresh. Living in the state of Michigan for most of my life, the last few years have been so tough on so many residents, the economy has taken such a tramatic turn, with the auto industry slowly moving out of the area. My husband is a commercial builder and unfortunately their is not much to build these days. We love watching HGTV for great ideas for our home, however, at this time were waiting to see what happens with the economy before putting additional funds in to improvements as we already are over our heads and will not beable to sell our home for near what its mortgaged for. So good luck everyone, although Im holding out to win, and sure could use a break, I mostly just hope weather it be you or I that this home goes to a deserving person.

    Theresa Kowalski on April 29, 2008 at 6:33 am
  49. Good morning—-I can't wait for the winning day!! I look at the home everyday,after I enter of course. Summer is coming and this home looks summer time inviting. There are so many things that Linda does to make the interior really beautiful. Someone ask me yesterday "If I could desire one thing to be done around my home what would it be". I would desire "HGTV and Linda to give my home a new green interior and exterior makeover. My birthday is in June and what I want is to change some interior painting,winterize the home and clean out clutter. Maybe a yard sale! Don't think this is asking to much, do you??? My husband say's HGTV really keeps me pumped. HA !! Although, he watches it with me and never changes my channel. dee

    dee on April 29, 2008 at 4:17 am
  50. This is truly a dream home. My wise mother (she passed at 93 last year), told me that recycling and environmental concerns are not new. Her immigrant family saved the hair from their brushes at night in a hair cup, then sent them away to Chicago to have buggy whips made from the hair. In their life, nothing was thrown away, it was used and reused. There are more wonderful stories she shared about saving the environment. She would be blown away to see this lovely home and so thankful that we are finally concerned about saving our world.

    Ruth on April 29, 2008 at 4:17 am
  51. I am very much interested in green homes. However I don't see solar panels which cut down on electricity. When speaking about saving the earth this would really be an asset to any home.

    Anonymous on April 29, 2008 at 3:00 am
  52. Good morning Green Home. Thank you again HGTV for the opportunity to dream about this home, the education, and the knowledge of knowing that there is a community concerned about future generations. Hopefully this will catch on and become a normal way of life. We so need it. Good luck to everyone. I am wishing all of you a happy, healthy day.

    deb on April 29, 2008 at 2:13 am
  53. In response the Kathie's post–How wonderful you were able to visit the home. Everyone that has been there has said the same as you, that it is even more beautiful in person! I would love to see it. It was so cool to hear the the Low country area is beautiful as well.
    I am curious as to how much development is going on in Tradition? Is the Town Square built or being built? I have gone to their website several times and it seems as if things are just getting started. (Which is fine, just curious) Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

    Mary on April 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm
  54. deb: Hi there! I'm sorry your freezing up there! It was raining here in S.C. today if that makes you feel any better and it was only 74. O.k.,I admit I'm laughing as I'm saying this.I really am sorry your freezing though.

    Dana Dryburgh on April 28, 2008 at 5:16 pm
  55. I like the air conditioning with thermostats throughout the house. Since I have COPD I breathe better at night if the air is really cool in my bedroom, but hate having to keep the whole house that cool when the rooms are not being used. My husband and I recently bought a window air conditioner for the bedroom for a temporary fix until we can change the central unit so that we don't waste so much electricity. I have been using florescent bulbs for ages and it does make a difference. Our next water heater will definately be tankless. I have been designing our retirement home myself and have gotten some really great information here. I had already thought about the water lines. Mine will be designed so that the kitchen, baths, and laundry room will all be on the back wall of the house so less water lines are used. The laundry and kitchen will be in the center of the back side of the house so that the water heater will be enclosed in the laundry room and be between all the rooms requiring water. After pricing insulation I have found that not only is the blown insulation better than the old-fashioned roll out type, it is also cheaper overall. For those of you thinking about remodeling and upgrading soon, material prices have been reduced recently. I'm not sure about the rest of the U.S. but here in Mississippi prices on building materials are cheaper than they've been in several years. Lowes has been advertising some great deals.

    Teresa on April 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm
  56. I have been a HGTV fan from the time i came here to the United States. Very one has a dream of having there OWN home, but for me, it's my only goal in life. To OWN a home would be my dream come true along with acheiving my goal and there would be no one else happier then me to own it :)
    HGTV has tought me many home improvement ideas and tricks, but going green while being beautiful and trendy is what i liked the most. In this current situation on energy crisis, eveyone should think about natural alternatives to overcome the prices and SAVE THE PLANET for our future generations. Thank you HGTV for this beautiful idea that you came up with to educate everyone for being GREEN. Thank you once again for making the American DREAM COME TRUE for one lucky family…

    shruti on April 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm
  57. Good night Green Home. Sweet dreams, I'll see you in the morning. xo

    deb on April 28, 2008 at 2:58 pm
  58. I was in South Carolina and so I had to see the HTV Dream home. I loved it, but I wished the very nice people who give the tours had a little more information. I did not see the tankless water heater, and there were some other questions I had that they were not sure about.

    I met a young lady named Valerie who comes out every weekend to see the HGTV house. She comes out there with her son and after talking with her I hope she does win!!!!!
    Hello Valerie! from Connie and Bill in Texas!

    Connie on April 28, 2008 at 2:48 pm
  59. Deb: re your posts of 4-28 1:33pm and 1:48pm…:
    Did you have a liquid lunch? Please stop trashing Michigan's weather. Snow??? I think not. My dogwood is alive with beautiful pink blooms. Landscape is full of yellow against the green grass. And I envy how you have been able to grow giant palm trees through the cold winter. We don't have an ocean here, but we have a lake that one can boat across in an afternoon and arrive in another Country. Now I'll focus on the amazing Green Home. It is perfect, and I wish all of you the best of luck. And thanks HGTV for building the home of my dreams.

    Katydid on April 28, 2008 at 2:14 pm
  60. I have watched the GREEN HOUSE show on DVR many times, and have a craving to watch the recording every couple of days. This house is in my blood and has become an obsession. The whole area is calling my name. The house is the perfect size for 1 or 2 people. I can't sleep thinking about all the supreme energy-saving features and insulation (there is actually excess power to sell to the power company??!!), the perfect floor plan, perfect tin roof, perfect colors, perfect water saving management, sustainable landscaping, fantastic water views, perfect great room, perfect Hamm framed photograph (I am an amateur photographer) in the greatroom. I pause the video to absorb the beautiful sunsets -dinner time could be every day at sunset on the big wood table on the patio. It is truly a dream house. It is so easy to picture one's self in the claw-foot tub, or sitting in the Adirondack chairs doing nothing, or watching TV in the little upstairs landing area. And to image how reasonable utilities could be…. I want to have lunch and go shopping with the interior designer (she seems to be a lovely fun person), and ask the builder many questions. I will truly grieve and groan watching someone else win this wonderful wonderful Little Green Farmhouse sitting by the water's edge. That is selfish, but I want that house. I want to live there with my pets, and move my (very portable) business to SC. Harbie Cawthon, Atlanta.

    Harbeth Cawthon on April 28, 2008 at 12:08 pm
  61. Wow, I had the pleasure of visiting SC for Spring Break and went to see the house on Earth Day. It is even more beautiful than it seemed from the show and photos online. The lowcountry area is breathtaking!!! My son and nephew loved visiting the house and area so much they remind me everyday to enter. I must also add that the staff at Traditions as well as the United Way volunteers were extremely friendly and welcoming. My son says to say "Hi" to Donna D and Kathy, our bus tour guide and driver.

    Kathie on April 28, 2008 at 9:51 am
  62. It's 85* there today?????? I am ssssssssoooooooo jealous. We have a lovely gray gloomy overcast day here, no sun, rain possible snow. Ok, ok, ok, I'll quit.

    deb on April 28, 2008 at 8:47 am
  63. Here I am again. The blue sky behind to above picture is so pretty, but all the pictures are. We don't get alot of blue skies here. It's April 28th, lows in the 30's for the next few days, and possible snow. It's almost May. I am not a winter person, never have been, never will be. Give me sunshine, humidity, OCEAN (or at least a short drive to it-ha). Have a great day everyone. I'ms sure I'll be back.

    deb on April 28, 2008 at 8:33 am
  64. I love the change the world campaign, I think its a great way to get the message out to the majority. I saw that advert for switching to fluorescent lights, good idea, but the lights contain mercury and NEEEEED to be recycled properly. I only wish that would have been mentioned. I mean lets face it, trashing the lights and letting the mercury seep into the ground really negates any good that is done by using them in the first place.

    Kristin on April 28, 2008 at 8:00 am
  65. Good morning, I have been at a convention all weekend and had the best time. We talked about how to give God glory and I believe one way is to show respect for the Earth that He created. I just got my package fron Hilton Tradition and boy was I bowled over at the beautiful neighborhood. It made my heart sing to think of living there. It is a place where people could surely be receptive to the fact that this Earth is a beautiful home and everyone needs to have a part in taking care of it. My job as a private duty nurse is second to my job of spreaking the Good News of how all the Earth Will one day be a Paradise like this from one end to the other. God Bless, Laura (but, I would still like to hear about those light bulbs)

    Laura Lockridge on April 28, 2008 at 7:28 am
  66. Every update we made on our current home-which we are trying to sell-we have kept the enviornment in mind. We also live in community that recycles weekly for trash and yard waste and has special dates for toxic fluids and old technology. Most everyone has access to walking/bike paths but winter in the midwest is still a challenge, to be a trooper and give up that warm car! Now that we've retired, green in South Carolina's sounds wonderful!!!

    Sheila on April 28, 2008 at 5:34 am
  67. To BPI Specialist: I believe Icynene foam is R3.6, but, best of all, it does not settle in the wall cavities over time, leaving gaps of no insulation, just air. Foam seals out air infiltration pretty well.
    Also, celulose is the favorite food of termites, no small consideration in South Carolina.

    Did anyone notice that the Onstar (which comes on the Yukon Hybrid) now has stolen vehicle assistance? Noticed that on a tv advertisement recently & thought that would be really cool…
    Just thinkin'!

    Connie on April 28, 2008 at 5:33 am
  68. I love this home, this area, this town, this state. How fortunate one will be, and how blessed one will be to win this home. Good luck to each and every one who enters.

    deb on April 28, 2008 at 3:07 am
  69. The Green Home is just what I've wanted my sister to have. Then I can come visit!

    She deserves retiring in this great community, and be able to save energy with this fabulous home.
    She's a loyal fan of HGTV, this would be the ultimate prize for her years of watching the show.

    MARVELL J on April 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm
  70. My hats off to a green house and HGTV! We should all be more concerned about our environment, not only for ourselves but the future of our children and grandchildren. My husband and I reside in a motorhome and live green. We consume less electric (solor panels), less heating fuels (400 sf); less propane; less gas/diesel (we keep driving to a minimum); we recycle and most importantly we consume less water (our holding tanks only hold 100 gallons). When we settle down in a home in the next couple of years, we will continue think green. Thank you HGTV for making us aware. Cheryl & Dean Lamoreaux

    Cheryl Lamoreaux on April 27, 2008 at 1:48 pm
  71. HOWARD SWARTZ: I think your post was a little unfair to HGTV. I don't recall seeing them "ripping an appliance" unless it was a built-in and the same with the cabinets. And believe me, if I could afford to replace my carpeting, NOBODY would want it!!!! If you have watched the Green Home tour, you will see what a great job Linda has done with recycling furniture. HGTV does not claim to be green: (i.e. the Dream Home, just expensive.) But the GH is the most amazing eco-friendly home I have ever seen. I appreciate your comments, but I wish you could watch more HGTV programs than just on the weekends. You would be surprised. Good luck to all and pleasant dreams.

    Katydid on April 27, 2008 at 12:58 pm
  72. OK, had to rotate one of my indoor plants, my Madagascar Dragon Tree was touching the ceiling, (there are four in one pot). Had to turn it so the smaller one was in the back. Does anyone know if they would grow outside in S.C.?? If not it would look REALLY good on that screened porch. My plants I treasure, and I know they are good for the environment and the air. I gotta go fill my hummingbird feeders, I think its time. Good luck all.

    deb on April 27, 2008 at 11:18 am
  73. An item of green living that is produced where I work is a Roof Mount or Gable Vents. The Name of the Company we produce these for is called Sunrise Solar Inc. These units run by the sun and will cool the attic well. We can install a Thermostat so they will run only when the attic gets too Hot. The word is getting around about these because orders have picked up a lot. Totally Green!

    Marv. Lapp on April 27, 2008 at 10:26 am
  74. I'm getting to married to the most incredible man in the world this September. He is the love of my life and my best friend (even though I didn't realize it 20 years ago). He's brought Green thinking and living to my world; and I couldn't be happier! He works for a company that actually has a Green Mission initiative and he's completely committed to conserving our earth's resources. I hope to win this Green Home as a wedding gift to him. We plan to be married on the beach in Emerald Isle, NC. But I'd love to tie the knot at our own beautiful Green Home. What a grand beginning to a wonderful life together. Blessings to all!

    Tammy T. on April 27, 2008 at 9:57 am
  75. I watch HGTV quite often on the weekends and see lots of remodelling projects, especially kitchens. What I never see is recycling of things such as cabinet, appliances, carpet, etc. What I see is people ripping them apart. Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, etc can put these items to good use. Is HGTV really going green? Certainly not yet.

    Howard Swartz on April 27, 2008 at 8:23 am
  76. Katydid, thank you dear for your kind words, that is very sweet of you. Of course we all want to win, that's why we all enter. HGTV has given us all a great opportunity to enter a contest to win a fabulous home. It is a 'chance' to win, and I really do wish each and every one good luck. I, like others, have been through trying times, it's called life, but I don't get bitter. Those trying times give you an education, providing we learn from them. Good luck everyone and have a blessed day.

    deb on April 27, 2008 at 7:22 am
  77. Well, only two weeks left @-@ , then another one bites the dust. Will you have another GREEN Home or some other great contest? Really learned so much from the shows input and the peoples response. Thanks again!

    Mary from PA on April 27, 2008 at 5:57 am
  78. Cellulose insulation – made from recycled newsprint- is greener (up to 18 LEED credits) and higher perfoming (R3.8 vs. R 3.5 / in) and half the cost of foam.
    See http://www.nuwool.com for example

    BPI specialist on April 27, 2008 at 5:06 am
  79. Wow, this is a beautiful home. Talk about a dream house.

    Jason L. on April 26, 2008 at 10:38 pm
  80. Tankless is the only way to go, can't wait for this old clunk to break, never a waste of waiting for hot or cold only green in your pocket. P.S. our friends have one its great!!!

    Mary from PA on April 26, 2008 at 7:31 pm
  81. Yahoo, Yipee!!!

    I have always been a advocate for "green" and preservation of land and wildlife protection.

    This GREEN HOME is really great, I don't feel alone anymore, and there are many people who support you in your edeavors. Look @ all the people watching HGTV. All I can say is … Finally

    Kate Camellerie on April 26, 2008 at 4:27 pm
  82. I really would like to change over to the tankless hot water heater and solar panels. Other than good insulation and sealed windows, what other advice did you suggest for winter energy/power savings. I know appliances, bulbs, solar outside lighting and less water in the toilet tanks are other methods of saving energy. We have an in ground pool which we have found to be less upkeep if we run the filter year around verses covering and having to shock back each spring. Any suggestions here?? I with you all the way, thanks for all the encouragement. dee

    dee on April 26, 2008 at 3:46 pm
  83. Deb, You have a big heart! I'm sure if we bloggers could pick a winner of the Green Home, it would be you. Your heart surely lies in the south, and not in my home state of Michigan. I've always been satisfied with a two week vacation in mid winter to travel south mostly, a few times west, but recently due to financial difficulties, I've had to forego that pleasure. I just love this Green Home so much that I wish that builders in the US would design some of their homes using the HGTV Green Home as a guide. Would't that be wonderful? A HGTV Green Home in every state??? Now I am really dreaming. Good Luck to all, and pleasant dreams

    Katydid on April 26, 2008 at 1:01 pm
  84. THE FLOORS ARE BEAUTIFUL & SHINNY ! REMINDS ME OF THE HARD WOOD FLOORS WE AS CHILDREN GREW UP ON, IT'LL MAKE A GOOD INDOORS PLAYGROUND FOR THE GRAND CHILDREN TO GET SOME THROW RUGS & SLIDE DOWN THE HALLWAY ! WONDERFUL LIGHTING ABOVE THE HALLWAY AS WELL !
    Oh, I just cannot wait, the drawing is soon approaching !!

    MITCHELL TICKLE on April 26, 2008 at 10:41 am
  85. Just wanted to say again what a wonderful home this is and wish luck to everyone.

    deb on April 26, 2008 at 9:48 am
  86. Well, couldn't contain my excitement to wait for the next thread. GMC now has Yukon hybrids available in my area. Of course, being a mountain person, the 4 wheel drive is my dream vehicle (to get up & down those dirt roads to job sites.) Three of them are available within a 30 mile radius. Whoohoo! (Of course, they're not my color choices, but guess I could tough it out.)

    Connie on April 26, 2008 at 9:12 am
  87. One thing we use in our home to keep electric bills down is paddle fans and strategic air flow from outside by opening certain windows and keeping others closed. The blinds can be partially opened to let in light without all the extra heat also. Good luck to everyone!

    Charlene on April 26, 2008 at 7:46 am
  88. I'm not a blogger usually but I am finding that it is difficult not to give such positive feedback on this beautiful home. I live in windy wyoming and we have recently placed a windmill on our land. It is proving to be very ecofriendly, generating energy for our home.
    We have recently had our 1st grandchild and have been considering moving to the East coast, since this is where they live. I'm a nurse and my husband a resp. therapist. To come home and relax in this wonderful home after work would be wonderful, but to know that your home is leaving very minimal carbon footprint on our world is the best.
    I appreciate that this house is available for people to examine, and consider what they can do in their own homes to be ecofriendly. Thanks alot for the opportunity!!!!!

    becki on April 26, 2008 at 5:39 am
  89. I watched Green Home last night – Aspen home with family 'Shaw'? Can you give us more info on the woman – her art = a link. Love your show!

    Liberty Post Editor on April 26, 2008 at 5:28 am
  90. I just cant believe you haven't forgotten anything. My self and husbanb both disabled will enjoy the calmness about this home. We would have o make a few changes for my husbands changes. He has more of a strugle here in our home now. I just feel so lucky this time and everytime I have entered my name in anything I have never won. I feel right about this house and how open it is. it is perfect. Even the cost savings we will have with energy. I hope this really isnt a dream.

    Debbie White on April 26, 2008 at 5:11 am
  91. this home is very impressive.sure hope im the winner,as a retired us vetran,i would love to live green.with fuel prices the way they are this day and age it pays to cut down on energy consumption wherever possible.sincerely doug walker shalimar fl.

    doug walker on April 26, 2008 at 3:38 am
  92. I just noticed you mentioned there was an attic.
    What is the square footage? Wondering if an extra room could be put there or used as storage.
    2 weeks left….my fingers are crossed!!!

    Julie on April 26, 2008 at 2:51 am
  93. The windows that keep out extra heat gain is a great idea for a hot climate.Extra flashing on the doors and windows will be great in case there was a hurricane. My question-I saw a few people ask if there was airconditioning.Is there?Seems to me after reading this article that there is.Solar panels-wonderful..would be nice to have a low electric bill especially in this economy!

    Julie on April 26, 2008 at 2:46 am
  94. Taking notes on the tips. Was wondering about someone else's comment about lack of a microwave. Does that oven under the induction cooktop have a microwave feature? The toaster oven in the pantry might possibly also?
    Finally found some cff bulbs to use in my dimmer fixtures, yay! But my scott's heart will not allow me to install them until the old burn out. Also, missed a recent news item about disposing of old bulbs. Kwalters, got any tips?

    Connie on April 26, 2008 at 2:33 am
  95. I am looking forward to one day building my first home and making it an eco-friendly home but I do not no where to begin. I was wondering what the cost would be and what kind of materials are available to build with. Also, where can I buy these materials for my home?
    Thank You.

    Marissa on April 25, 2008 at 9:32 pm
  96. I love the look of the lighting fixtures in the Green Home. They are both beautiful and efficient. The tankless hot water heaters sound wonderful. In my old house it takes forever for the water to become hot. I try to collect the water for plants, coffee, my Brita filter, but I still end up wasting water waiting for the hot water to arrive! Tankless is the way to go–
    Loving the house more and more each day. Only two weeks!
    Good luck everyone.

    Mary on April 25, 2008 at 8:48 pm
  97. This is all so amazing, and another thing that I really love is how whoever wins this home also gives back to the community via their electric company. What a wonderful gift this will be.

    deb on April 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm
  98. I am very impressed with anything that is energy saving. In CA the utitity companies "own" the public and I look forward to independent, self-sufficient power generation that is economical for each home. This house displays a small step toward the world being a more ecological place for generations to follow. Now if we can just get the politicians to quit sitting on amendments to allow 'economy in ecology' and quit paying or bellying-up to the "pork belly manufacturers aka special interest groups", our world could have a chance for improvement – KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    Warrenette Dailey on April 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm
  99. This is a gorgeous home! Kudos for this clever "green" design! And I LOVE the firepit area in the backyard! I do everyday "green" ideas and think if we as a country would add this to our everyday lives we would improve the earth and our own lives as well. Let's get it in gear and be the world leader in this and other countries will follow!

    Michele Cardneaux on April 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm
  100. Happy Friday—-I am having a good day,hope you are also. Just wanted to say,I love the solar panels used for producing power. When we built our home we designed a skylight above the master bedroom vanity. We roofed our house a couple of years back and decided to close it in and roof over this area. I would love to use your idea verses a skylight. I wasn't much on the idea of having a hole in the roof for a window. I plan to get my husband to seriously consider this addition. Where do you find the most economical unit prices? Does the unit have to be installed by a licensed electrician? Await your answers as this way I will know more about all this when we discuss it. I'll be smarter than he thinks on the subject!!! HA !! Maybe I will win this lovely eco friendly home. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Happy weekend!! dee

    dee on April 25, 2008 at 1:40 pm
  101. Good tips for going green! Remember to recycle as many household used materials as possible. Also, one confusing question about the contest, how exactly are the online and mailed entries combined? This question has been asked several times, but doesn't appear to have been answered. Have any of the Dream Home winners ever been chosen from a paper mailed in entry? Or have they only been chosen from online entries?

    truckinangel35 on April 25, 2008 at 12:17 pm
  102. This home is beautiful. Everything about it. It's like a persons heart. Having a beautiful heart makes a person so much better, and this home has a beautiful heart. That makes it beautiful inside and out – literally!!!! Happy Friday to everyone, and GOOD LUCK TO ALL.

    deb on April 25, 2008 at 10:29 am
  103. Thanks for more info HGTV.It seems like common sense to me. In the winter here I raise my blinds to let the sun help warm the house, and in the summer keep the blinds closed to help keep it cool. I love the auto temp adjust, that is excellant, but the whole house is wonderfully thought out. I would also like to let bloggers know, our local post office offers little recycling bags for cell phone and ink cartridges. They are free and on a roll in the lobby, postage paid. I have been doing this for years also. Thanks again HGTV and good luck to everyone.

    deb on April 25, 2008 at 10:16 am
  104. I am learning so much about green living and saving energy. Thank you so much for this HGTV! This home is fabulous.

    Joyce on April 25, 2008 at 10:00 am
  105. Dear kwalters: I know that the new light bulbs are very energy efficient, but what about the lead content and disposal. It frightens me to think about my grandchildren being exposed to lead over a period of time. I have already had one broken in my house by my cat knocking over a lamp and at that time I did not know anything about the lead in them. Can you tell me how to dispose of the old bulbs and what to do if another one breaks? Thanks and much Green to you.(I want this house)

    Laura Lockridge on April 25, 2008 at 9:58 am
  106. I don't really know why, but the tankless water heater warms me up inside. The idea of both having as much hot water as you would ever need and not warming and rewarming at the expense of oodles of energy makes me happy. It really seems like this is something every new American household should be utilizing. I'm no greeny weenie (joking), but I am prudent. As prices here in the U.S. for just about everything keep climbing, we need to look for ways to save money. On the subject of water heating, doesn't a geothermal (in-floor) heating system save money too? Irregardless, I love the house and its design–in all aspects. Save some money! Go green! Challenge yourself!

    CO on April 25, 2008 at 7:49 am
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