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Jun 292010

Transom windows drench the Living Room with natural light, reducing the need for artificial light during daytime. (Photo: HGTV)

From Green Right Now Reports

Sandra Gilson of Scotia, N.Y., learned she was the winner of the 2010 HGTV Green Home Giveaway this week when HGTV’s Jamie Durie came knocking on the door. Her grand prize package is valued at almost $800,000, and includes an eco-friendly, single-family home located in Plymouth, Mass., a 2010 GMC Terrain and $100,000.

Gilson, whose name was drawn from more than 17 million entries, was at home with her husband Kermit when Durie appeared at her door to give her the news. She had entered the giveaway online every day throughout the entry period, but said she never expected to win. The green-minded couple recycle and keep a compost pile for their garden.

Slideshow: View images of the green home
Video: Watch the 90-second tour

Located in The Pinehills community of Plymouth, the HGTV Green Home is highlighted by a covered wrap-around porch and a third level tower. With approximately 2,100 square feet of living space, the two story, two bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home features construction and design elements that are known to contribute to an energy-efficient, cleaner and healthier living environment. In addition, the home received a GOLD Certification from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).