Going Green This Fall
Learn the merits of going green with new products, new ideas at the Fall Home & Garden Show at The Woodlands.
The Home & Garden Show at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center will feature a great lineup of dynamic speakers, new products and more than 200 exhibitors.
A better way to build
The green lifestyle is part of everyday living and involves not only personal habits but even the construction of a home. LaVerne Williams, AIA, LEED AP, a Houston-based green architect, emphasizes the importance of building environmentally conscious homes to benefit all of society now and for the future.
In one of two home show presentations, Williams will reveal how an array of new products can help homeowners save energy, water and money as well as eliminate chemicals and toxins in the household environment. The presentation, titled "Green products that are better for you and save you money and everything else," will cover everything from roofing to construction materials for remodeling or retrofitting to better ways to heat water and options for renewable energy.
"If we strive to live green, we're making the planet a better place not only for us but all living things," Williams said.
Williams' second presentation will focus on how home show visitors can build or remodel a home to coexist more naturally with the environment. He will show homeowners how they can use vegetation and natural methods to decrease the amount of upkeep on their homes, lower their monthly costs and even reduce the potential for flooding.
Fertilizer - a healthier, cheaper way
Adopting a green lifestyle begins with recycling. Nature's Way, a landscaping and lawn company, takes organic materials usually destined for the landfill to create greenhouse gases, and instead composts them to use as mulch and soil. This gives homeowners healthier lawns and gardens that are void of dangerous chemicals and safe for children and pets.
"Organic fertilizers don't kill beneficial microbes in the soil," said John Ferguson, owner of Nature's Way Resources. "We have products to control insects that don't cause health disorders. It's better for the environment, it's safer for people and it costs less money."
The natural world of landscaping
Landscapers like Ron Thompson of Thompson's Landscape Service and Jason McKenzie, owner of The PineyWoods Nursery and Landscaping, understand how to utilize the natural world and create green gardens that incorporate fruitful plants.
McKenzie advocates habitat gardening, the idea of crafting a garden using plants and trees that provide fruit and nectar for wild life in additional to the ornamental vegetation common to most suburban yards. Instead of using a generic evergreen shrub, McKenzie said homeowners could plant blueberry bushes and use strawberry plants as ground cover. "As people shift toward using organic foods, they can start growing herbs in their backyards," McKenzie said, "which is healthier and cheaper."
Enjoy outdoor living
Jeff Cunningham, owner of Cunningham Gas Products, builds outdoor kitchens, firepits and installs gas lighting and indoor and outdoor fireplace products around the pool and patio.
"The backyard, otherwise known as the outdoor room, is by far the fastest growing area in residential homes today," Cunningham said. "Cooking outdoors is much more efficient than cooking indoors. Not only does the food taste better and there's no lingering odor, but any appliance that generates heat uses gas more efficiently than electricity."
Reduce heating and cooling costs
Dan Marshall, owner of Innovative Skylights & Attics and a speaker at the fall home show, helps reduce annual heating and cooling costs by better insulating the attic and adding new green technology that works with nature instead of against it, similar to Williams' architectural strategy.
Jodi Hamlin, South Texas territory manager for WaterFurnace Geothermal cooling and heating equipment, has helped her customers dramatically reduce their monthly utility bills, increased their comfort, take back their backyards from noisy air conditioning units, reduced carbon emissions and footprints and supplied free hot water. Hamlin said her customers enjoy twice the life expectancy of traditional air conditioning and heating systems. Technology - recycled Recycling extends beyond biological trash in the digital age. Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a common sight in landfills, but Zac Trahan, program manager of the Texas Campaign for the Environment Houston office, hopes to change that with education. Trahan will speak with visitors about how they can use home renovation projects as an opportunity to donate or properly discard electronic equipment.
"Most people have no idea what to do with old televisions, compact discs, cell phones or computers," said Trahan. "We want to tell them what they can do with e-waste to benefit the environment, and how they can take advantage of available programs."
And much more!
Here are just a few more of the many fantastic green products at the show: Windows: Superior Window Company, Pella Window & Doors, Mayeco Magnetic Windows, Allied Siding & Windows. Window Film: SunTech Glass Tinting, Sunset Glass Tinting, Fine Line Glass Tinting. Insulation: Rock-Crete Foam Insulators, HomeSulate Wall Foam Insulation, KoolAttics.com. Other energy and money savers: Green Mountain Energy, Daylight Energy Solutions, Energy Wise Radiant Barrier.
Hours, Tickets and Parking
The Fall Home & Garden Show at The Woodlands hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and children 12 years and younger can attend for free. Free covered parking is provided in The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center garage on Six Pines Drive with a walkway to the hotel. Valet parking is available at the hotel entrance, just 100 feet from the convention center.
Online Discount Coupon
Visit www.WoodlandsShows.com to print out an online discount coupon for $1 off of show admission. Visitors can check out special exhibitor offer coupons for fantastic savings that are redeemable at the show--just look for the money tree symbol.
For more information about the great lineup of dynamic speakers, new products and over 200 exhibitors, visit www.WoodlandsShows.com.