Parents' Guide to

Renovation Nation

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Homes go green beautifully -- and affordably.

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From building and using recycled furniture and fixtures to passive cooking, audiences are reminded that it doesn't always take a lot of money to meet green standards while upgrading a home. Thomas makes that point clear by consistently talking about energy-efficient materials and designs during the renovation process, pointing out how these choices lessen the burden on the earth's already shrinking reserve of natural resources. He also focuses on how aesthetically beautiful many eco-efficient spaces are -- a fact that's likely to make the choice to greenovate much more desirable to homeowners.

While Renovation Nation isn't particularly exciting, it offers viewers interested in renovating their homes a chance to see that they can do so without having a negative impact on the environment -- or their wallets. Best of all, it presents eco-friendly building as a truly viable option for anyone. Kids may not be particularly drawn to the series, but for those thinking about building green now or in the future, it's a great choice.

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