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Energy Efficiency

The energy efficient log home requires careful design to minimize air infiltration, control moisture and incorporate passive solar features. Here, we share tips and expert information for designing a log home that lives and performs well.

How to Stay Energy Efficient Amid Chillingly High Heating Costs This Winter
The average cost of home heating is expected to increase by 17.2% since last winter, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association.
Our Top Tips for Energy Independence
There are a lot of really good reasons to go off the grid. Just be sure you have the right approach.
Where Your Energy-Consumption Dollars Go
Plus, how to save both energy and money.
Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for You?
3 Ways to Go Green
Want to save energy and money? This sage advice will get you started.
Five Reasons Solid Wood Homes Make Sense
Here are five reasons why a full log home is a smart decision and not just a pretty face.
Builder Blueprint Plans for Home Building
Designing the Ultimate Energy-Efficient Floor Plan
See how these homeowners customized a floor plan to make their log home LEED to a T.
Enertia Home Self-Heating House
The Building Method That Results in Self-Heating Homes
Enertia’s Building System uses solid wood walls to replace siding, framing, insulation and paneling. The air flow creates a min...
Solar Panel Roof Shingles 3-in-1 Roof
These Panels Combine Sustainable Energy With Curb Appeal
3 IN 1 ROOF offers a dual solution for anyone hesitant to purchase solar panels: They won’t stand out on your roof, and they wo...
Small Lakeside Log Cabin
What Options Do I Have for Heating a Tiny Log Cabin?
A reader writes in with concerns about their new liquid-propane heater.
Saying Hi to Hybrid Homes
Learn about the advantages of hybrid log homes.
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Taking a Green Approach to Your Log Home Design
A how-to guide on how you can lower your expenditures, reduce your impact on the environment and more.
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Seal Your Log Home
We’ve pulled together a rundown of the sealant products you might hear about and plan to use when building your log home.
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Be an Eco-Hero: Go Green
We’ve pulled four tips to having an efficient, environmentally responsible log home.
Can You Build SIPs in Log Homes?
Can You Build SIPs in Log Homes?
How can SIPs (structural insulated panels) benefit log homes? We went straight to the source to find the answers.
Should You Install Radiant In-Floor Heat?
Should You Install Radiant In-Floor Heat?
If you think radiant in-floor heat is the best option for your log home, planning for it early on is essential.
3 Ways to Conserve Water and Lower Your Bill
3 Ways to Conserve Water and Lower Your Bill
The average American uses 25,300 gallons of water each year. Reducing your water usage will not only lower your monthly bill, i...
How to Ensure Your Windows are Eco-Friendly
The windows in your log home likely frame one of your favorite features: the view. But they also can be top energy wasters. The air lost and gained through windows accounts for approximately 30 percent of your energy use.

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