Home & Garden Show at The Woodlands will teach the merits of going green
The Fall Home & Garden Show at The Woodlands will teach the merits of going green. It's not easy being green, but the 10th Annual Fall Home & Garden Show at The Woodlands, hosted Saturday and Sunday, August 24 & 25, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, will showcase local speakers with new ideas and products for living well with nature.
Fertilizer - a healthier, cheaper way
"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." Ferguson will teach show visitors about the need to change how they nurture their lawns to prevent poisoning helpful insects and the cost-effectiveness of organic products, such as compost, which can cut the use of watering each year by 50 percent.
A better way to build
"By striving to live green, we're making the planet a better place not only for us, but for all living things," Williams said. "It also allows us to sleep better at night. I wasn't sleeping well with the architecture I was creating back in the 1970s. So what I've been doing for over 35 years now is teaching people about better ways for creating home and properties that is more rewarding and more beneficial to the overall enjoyment of life, and to all life, period.”
Williams said home show visitors will learn how to lower the “Living Cost” of their homes, including how low cost vegetation and natural methods and climate-adapted principles can be used to decrease their home’s maintenance and lower their energy bills while enhancing their comfort. Some methods will even reduce flooding.
“It is design that provides the most cost effective, long term solutions, not devices” he said. "Besides, most people are just now beginning to realize how our lifestyles and the homes we live in today are slowly poisoning us. For decades my firm has been creating homes that are green and healthy because our chemically sensitive clients can’t tolerate or afford any other kind.
“This era of homes that make you (and the Planet) sick has to end. We must start judging and comparing homes according to their overall “Living Cost” to our health and peace of mind and their ongoing monthly energy and maintenance and upkeep costs, not just their move-in cost and monthly mortgage bill.”
Reduce heating and cooling costs
Dan Marshall, owner of Innovative Skylights & Attics, 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. The company can install windows that use natural light more efficiently and build skylights that shield against solar rays.
Now sit back and enjoy!
Not every aspect of living green requires hard work. 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. "As far as being green, 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."
The company installs every conceivable appliance in the outdoor kitchens, from stainless steel refrigerators, ice makers, to the grill and the kitchen sink. Cunningham said homeowners will save money using natural gas as compared to using electricity, and they can build a great family gathering space in their own backyards.
Other vendors with energy saving or living 'green' products and services are: