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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.

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.
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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
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...
How to Heat and Cool Your Log Home Efficiently
How to Heat and Cool Your Log Home Efficiently
Heating and cooling systems account for more than half of your home’s electricity consumption. The more efficient your systems ...
5 High-Tech Products for Your Log Home
5 High-Tech Products for Your Log Home
High-tech homes are where it’s at, even in a rustic, all-natural log home. These cool home-technology products could make your ...
5 Ways to Add Water Conservation to Your Home
5 Ways to Add Water Conservation to Your Home
Focusing on your log home landscape’s water conservation strategies saves time, money and the environment.
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The Best Eco-Friendly Lights for Your Log Home
Lighting takes up a large part of your homes energy. Make it efficient to save money and the environment.
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This Solar-Powered Water-Pumping System is Great for Off-Grid-Living
This product solves all problems of electricity and water, so you can continue to live as deep into nature as you please.
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What is a Structural Envelope and Why You Should Focus on It
Seal your home correctly to save money and energy with a structural envelope.
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9 Energy-Saving Tips to Maximize Savings
9 smart steps you can take to minimize your energy use and maximize your savings.
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Energy Savings Employed by an On-Site Builder
What your builder should be checking for at every stage of construction to make sure that it is meeting or exceeding the code r...