Green Ideas

Love your time at the cabin and Mother Nature, too, with our tips for a green lifestyle.

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New technology offers more options, greater efficiency for cabin heating
By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: November 19, 2014
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Save money by giving your cabin an energy checkup
By Kristin Sutter
Published: October 1, 2014
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This smarter, learning thermostat makes it easier to save energy and money at the cabin
By Emily Hare
Published: October 1, 2014
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Tips for making the most of your low-maintenance outdoor lighting
By Kurt Anderson
Published: July 2, 2014
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Architects share the practical, effective ways these designs keep energy and environmental costs low
Published: May 13, 2014
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Fast, green and durable cabin construction for the 21st century
By Fran Sigurdsson
Published: February 19, 2014
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Consider your cabin's needs when shopping for an eco-friendly toilet
By Ericka Olin
Published: January 16, 2014
Question and Answer Article
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With these tips, you can be green while saving green
By Kurt Anderson
Published: January 2, 2014
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Instant & endless hot water – is it really for you? We answer your top questions about tankless water heaters.
By Kurt Anderson
Published: April 1, 2012
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Collecting, storing & using Mother Nature’s water supply has never been easier

By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: February 1, 2012
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By Ericka Olin
Published: November 2, 2011
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By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: October 7, 2011
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By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: September 9, 2011
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The best ways to follow the eco-friendly path

By Nathan Good
Published: April 28, 2011
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A 9-point checklist to make sure yours is thriving

By Steve McComas
Published: March 24, 2011
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It’s easy, if you know your directions

By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: March 24, 2011
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Tankless water-heating systems offer long-term energy savings for cabins or cottages where hot-water use is intermittent.

By Susan Bady
Published: February 17, 2011
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Psyched about solar? Here are 3 ideas to make your cabin more energy-efficient.

By Susan Bady
Published: January 20, 2011
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Advances in this HVAC system may have you seeing green

By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: November 8, 2010
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By Trent Jacobs, AIA
Published: August 20, 2010
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By Trent Jacobs, AIA
Published: June 18, 2010
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Save energy and money with these sun-blocking products
By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: June 1, 2010
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Combining Nature & Technology

By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: May 1, 2010
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SIPs are strong & energy-efficient
By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: March 26, 2010
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It’s not so hard to be green
By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: November 1, 2009
By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: July 1, 2009
5 top trends
By Nathan Good
Published: May 1, 2009
One man’s quest to construct the ultimate eco-cabin
By Andy Bennett
Published: April 1, 2009
Hazardous and dangerous past practices
By Andy Bennett
Published: March 1, 2009
If you own a "green" fireplace
By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: February 1, 2009
Lowering the heating bill with help from the hearth
By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: November 1, 2008
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By Britta Reque-Dragicevic
Published: July 1, 2008
Never run out of hot water? Now that’s a bonus!
By Britta Reque-Dragicevic
Published: June 1, 2008
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By Pat Faherty
Published: March 1, 2008
Save Water, Energy & Your Septic System
By Britta Reque-Dragicevic
Published: February 1, 2008
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Capturing showers may bring flowers
By Christy Heitger
Published: February 1, 2008
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Published: November 1, 2007
By Lisa Readie Mayer
Published: November 1, 2007
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Adjustments that can save you money
By Judy Kneiszel
Published: September 1, 2007
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Owning your own energy
By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: July 1, 2007
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By Jana Voelke Studelska
Published: June 1, 2007
By Cherie Parker
Published: May 1, 2006
Question and Answer Article
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Why are sunglasses so important?
By Christy Heitger-Ewing
Published: April 1, 2006
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