HGTV Green Home
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?