by Daelyn Fortney
Categories: Film/TV.
Photo: PRNewsFoto/HGTV

Sandra Gilson of Scotia, N.Y. has been announced as the lucky winner of HGTV’s Green Home Giveaway 2010. Sandra, a former New York State Tax Department employee, and her husband Kermit, a retired science and math teacher, will enjoy the grand prize package valued at roughly $800,000.

“I can’t believe this,” said Gilson, whose name was drawn from more than 17 million entries. “Oh, I just don’t believe it!”

The 2,100 sq. ft. single-family eco-friendly home located in Plymouth, Massachusetts was built with construction and design elements that promote energy-efficient living. Additionally the residence was awarded a GOLD Certification from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

“The success of each of our three HGTV Green Home Giveaways shows us that many of our viewers are interested in knowing more about a green lifestyle,” said Jim Samples, president of HGTV. “This home, the first in a New England location, provided an excellent opportunity to showcase affordable, accessible and eco-friendly approaches to living.”

Along with the home, the Gilsons will receive a 2010 GMC Terrain and $100,000.

  • Michelle

    So let me get this straight… they won a “Green Home” and a GMC Terrain…. why not a Prius? or a Smart Car? Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in this prize package?

    • Michael d'Estries

      Completely agree, Michelle. I made note of this back in 2008 — and sadly, not much has changed.

      • Michelle

        Wow… and here I was thinking that people finally seemed to be getting the whole “green” thing….

        Recently I was at a presentation by a company selling geothermal systems for home heating. A wonderful way to heat your home. The guy doing the pitch had all of the right green talking points… and then he went off script and things went downhill. He shared with his audience that after converting his home to geothermal, he had a big empty oil tank that was of no use to him anymore. His solution? He turned it into his burn barrel!!!

  • RhoRho Greenie

    i agree, whats wrong with that picture