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5 Questions for: HGTV’s green guy Carter Oosterhouse

The P.R. guy asked me if I could include a photo of Carter in this post. And I'm like, are you kidding? That's the whole point of the post!Los Angeles resident Carter Oosterhouse is the “green face” of HGTV. He’s a former “Trading Spaces” star and the host of “Carter Can” (which introduces a green element into every episode). Carter is launching a new design show for the network called “Red, Hot & Green.” Plus, Carter is hosting HGTV’s Green Home Giveaway special on April 22.

Here are 5 Questions 4 Carter:

1. How did you get interested in green living?

When I was growing up in Michigan, my mom and dad were very big into nutrition and wellness. They really instilled the value of taking care of oneself. Naturally, this translated into a respect for the environment. My parents were “green” before it was the thing to do or even called that.

2. How have you gone green in your own home?

I’ve done simple things like weatherproofing, as well as using low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints. I’ve also turned the yard into a hardscape and brought in plants indigenous to the area.

3. Why are some people resistant to green building?

I think it’s hard for people to accept something that they don’t completely understand. Since using green products is not something that’s fully developed, people can be a little apprehensive about jumping on the bandwagon. I get it. Going all green at one time is a bit daunting and perhaps not very practical. My message on “Carter Can” to people is it’s OK to go one step at a time – do whatever works for them. It’s a lifestyle.

4. What’s the first thing someone should do to go green at home?

The first thing that people should do is to seal up their home with weather stripping, use no or low VOC paints. Also they can save on energy costs simply by using CFL’s and Energy Star appliances.

5. What is your new show, “Red, Hot & Green,” going to be about?

Premiering in June on HGTV, “Red, Hot & Green” is bringing in amazing design that people will be attracted to, but green materials will be the foundation of our renovation. Our whole idea is not to scare people away, but show them that you don’t have to sacrifice beautiful design when using green products.

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