Green Builder Media® Encourages Consumers to “Green Their Homes for the Holidays”
Seattle, WA., November 25, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Green Builder® Media, North America’s leading media company focused on sustainable living, is celebrating the holidays with the Green Your Home for the Holidays sweepstakes. The sweepstakes runs through December 29 and shares information with consumers on ways to create a greener, more sustainable holiday season. The grand prize winner of the sweepstakes will receive a 4-day, 3-night trip for four to visit the VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort. The VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS highlights easy and affordable ways visitors can incorporate green products and new technologies in their own homes every day. (See official rules for details).
The VISION House Series from Green Builder Media is a suite of demonstration homes across the country that showcase how to incorporate mainstream green products and systems for everyday sustainable living. The VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot allows visitors to take a tour through the exhibit to discover how the fictional family is using green products to remodel their home.
“It is a great time of year to explore ways to be more sustainable; it's easy to be green during the holidays," emphasizes Green Builder Media CEO Sara Gutterman. "There are three areas where you can make a difference: Make sure your house is ready for winter weather (weather-strip around doors and windows and program your thermostat to reduce heating loads at night). Use your creativity to decorate with found objects and local greenery lit with LEDs. Think about giving 'experiential' gifts (such as a cooking class or a museum pass) as opposed to simply buying 'things' for the sake of having something to wrap."
Tips like proper roof maintenance can help you avoid water damage that could effect your home’s insulation, flooring, drywall and in turn make electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems vulnerable. Keep your home energy efficient during the cold months by making sure your windows and doors are weatherized. And don’t forget to test your smoke and CO2 monitors, inspect fire extinguishers and fire sprinkler systems.
In addition to the practical home maintenance that can “green up the holidays”, consumers can also consider smaller steps such as making donations to sustainable or charitable organizations or using LED lighting and timers to cut down on energy usage. In addition, make sure your holiday tree always has enough water and then dispose of it properly so it does not become a fire hazard. Check your local area for tree recycling programs.
It’s important to think about sustainability all year long, not just around the holidays - you can get great ideas on sustainable products by visiting the VISION House in INNOVENTIONS. Included in the exhibit:
- High efficiency heating and cooling systems and an advanced whole-home automation system by Trane and keyless entry hardware from Schlage
- Electronic vehicle charging station by SIEMENS
- Chevy Volt electric vehicle by GM
- Durable and environmentally friendly exterior systems, including smog-eating tile roofs, cultured stone and permeable pavers by Boral
- Photovoltaic solar panels from Hanwha Solar
- Ventilation solutions to improve indoor air quality by Panasonic
- Energy efficient windows and doors from Pella
- High performance cooking and fireplace glass products by Schott
- Fire sprinkler information from the National Fire Protection Association
- Sustainably harvested hardwood flooring and cabinets from Armstrong World Industries
- BioBased spray-foam insulation by Rhino Linings
- Housewrap and solid surfaces from DuPont
- A Home Energy Rating Score from RESNET, which shows that the home is net-zero energy
- Water-conserving plumbing fixtures and home standby generators from KOHLER
- ENERGY STAR certified home appliances by Bosch
- LED lighting solutions by SYLVANIA
If you haven’t visited the VISION House in INNOVENTIONS, click here to view the website and learn more. Sign up for our free e-newsletter to receive more information and offers. For consumers interested in living more sustainably, Green Builder Media offers a wealth of tips and information through its flagship publication Green Builder, the VISION House series, and other digital and social media.
About Green Builder Media:
Green Builder® Media is the leading media company in North America focused on sustainable living and responsible growth. With a comprehensive suite of print media, online options, demonstration homes, case studies, training and education vehicles, and live events, Green Builder Media assists building professionals and homeowners thrive in the emerging green economy.
About VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS
The VISION House® in INNOVENTIONS at Epcot is a groundbreaking green show home exhibit presented by Green Builder® Media in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering. This experiential exhibit in the heart of Epcot highlights the very best in green residential design and sustainable living. Visitors leave with a greater understanding of green design, technology, and products as well as a host of sustainable living ideas that they can incorporate in their lives the minute they get home from vacation.
About INNOVENTIONS at Epcot
INNOVENTIONS is located in the heart of Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Creativity and imagination abound as guests celebrate the inspiration and innovations that improve their lives and expand their horizons. Hands-on, interactive exhibits allow children and adults to be immersed into ideas that inform, entertain and inspire. For more information about INNOVENTIONS, visit www.innoventions.disney.com