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HGTV Green Home

March 25, 2008

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If you are like me (a HGTV addict) then I’m sure you watched the special about the new HGTV green home or at least when online to see what it is all about. I have to say while I’m impressed with the home and the fact that HGTV has made a commitment to making a green home I wish they would replace their “dream home” with a “green home” to make them one and the same. Then I would really respect what they are doing for the environment.

I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the Green Home because there are some significant areas it could use work. For one they are giving away a Yukon Hybrid. Really how green is any SUV? Second, the have a personal putting green as part of the yard. Why? Wouldn’t a better choice be a vegetable garden with heirloom varieties or some heirloom trees? Heck I think native and drought resistant flowers would have been a better choice. Since the house is going to be right near a golf course why do they need their own putting green? And speaking of the golf course what is the deal with the golf cart? I realize that it is charged off of solar energy but really now? Apparently each house in this development is going to have their own golf cart. Why not give everyone a bike? I also have a problem with the kids room with the “secret niche.” In the teaser previews I thought it would be a fort of some sort, maybe a desk and some bookcases. Nope, it’s the kids own flat screen TV and gaming system. Wouldn’t it be better to give them a bike and make the niche a study area. How green is it to encourage our children to sit inside all down playing video games?

That said there a lot of positive things about the HGTV Green Home. It does use solar power and it does have a grey water sustem. Much of the furniture is thrift store finds or made of organic materials. And I guess there is always room for improvement but I just find it frustrating that something that has been so publicized as being green has some rather large flaws. What do you think? How green is the HGTV green home really?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2008 8:48 am

    I agree with you that a mixed message is being sent with many of the choices they made. I realize they do not want to lose all those who have not even given being green any thought and at least encouraging some practices but a SUV with a green home? That is absurd!

  2. March 26, 2008 9:52 am

    I have never heard of this programme (or even of HGTV!) so I don’t really feel qualified to comment, but from the sound of it I think I would have shared your frustrations.

    On the one hand, the big household carbon villains are heating, cooking and transport, so, yeah, if all houses ran off solar power and everyone drove a hybrid then we would all be a lot greener; and in comparison to the energy used for those things, things like the kids watching TV or playing video games are really quite a small proportion of our energy use. But with the golf cart and putting green and every household having their own car, it still sounds a bit like they’re treating the symptoms rather than the cause, if you see what I mean. The reason we’re in this mess is because, as a society, we set so much store by all having our own cars, or playing lots of golf, or having a huge grass monoculture outside our houses instead of a vegetable garden…. or not *because* of these things in and of themselves, but because of the idea, the lifestyle they represent.

    Obviously, challenging people’s values and aspirations is difficult and sensitive and not a nice thing to put on prime-time TV 😉 , but it sounds a little as if this programme didn’t really tackle the root of the problem…

  3. March 26, 2008 12:55 pm

    LOL-I saw this to! And I thought the same things! Where’s the simple outdoor life in all of this? I wouldn’t be interested in a house like this at all.

  4. March 26, 2008 2:11 pm

    It’s corporate greenwashing, as per usual. If a tee-vee show got too far away from our consumerist post-WWII civilization, it might, just might, point out all the problems we’ve created in this big stinking car-centered dystopia, and maybe people would stop buying all the crap that keeps us in hock to the Chinese. To show anything else is simply un-Amerikun, and probably Commie/hippie. And we can’t have that, now, can we.

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