As I noted in a post not too long ago, our August issue focuses on energy efficiency and will be hitting newsstands this coming week. In addition to articles regarding how specific consumer behaviors can impact your energy usage (and, subsequently, your energy bills), we also take a look at how such behaviors might affect the types of alternative energy sources available to you.
This is especially true in cabins that are used part time. LEED-accredited author Jim Cooper highlights some of the aspects you need to take into consideration in setting up a power source for an infrequently used retreat in “Cabin Power.” (Spoiler: Alternative sources may be more affordable than you think, based on use and location when compared side by side with traditional outlets.)
Some of these alternative energy sources may not be as complex as you think, either, says author Eric Smith. We discuss some of the misconceptions consumers have about solar technology and preview a solar cooker project from his book, DIY Solar Projects: How to Put the Sun to Work in Your Home, in our How To department.
The best illustration, though, of how energy efficiency can really work is real-life examples. From proper orientation to a unique building envelope and LEED certification, we show how different homeowners have adapted their own version of living efficiently.
Living the life doesn’t get any sweeter than when it’s lived in a cabin, either. Celebrate your love of the cabin lifestyle during July — otherwise known as National Log Cabin Month — on your own or at any of the events found at loghome.com/logcabinmonth.
Visit the Log and Timber Bookstore to get a copy of this issue.