We’ve been so fortunate here in the North Woods to be spared the heat wave so dramatically affecting the rest of the country. Cool nights and warm days are what make Maine such a great place to live!
Lately we’ve fielded a few questions and ideas for stories from our readers, so this month we feature a story based on one reader’s idea. He suggested we check into the work being done by Urban Green Energy and their vertical wind turbines integrated with solar panels. You’ll be able to understand the difference between a traditional propeller type turbine and the vertical design.
We also provide an update on what’s happening with the national energy efficiency codes and how that affects Katahdin Cedar Log Homes (here’s a hint: whole log construction and energy savings!).
On the lighter side we explore two aspects of entertainment you might want to try out in your new log home: wine storage options and family lawn games.
New Vertical Wind Turbines Pair with Solar Panels for Seamless Power
Technology just keeps improving as more consumers are looking for alternatives to traditional sources of electricity. One company is stepping up its efficiency by integrating their vertical wind turbines with solar photovoltaic panels to level out natural peaks and valleys in wind and solar energy. Click here to learn how.
Keep On the Grass! Lawn Games Forge Family Fun
Nurturing a healthy lawn can provide some great family benefits, especially for parents and grandparents hoping to reincarnate some of the active lawn games they enjoyed as children. Learn more here.
Keeping it Cool: Wine Storage Options
For the wine lover, nothing beats having a good place to keep your select vintages in your home. There are some basics to remember before you invest in a more elaborate set-up. Click here to see more.
Green Tip: Energy Conservation Codes Update
It’s been a while since Katahdin beefed up their insulation package to create the Energy Envelope System–an insulation system that met the new energy conservation codes enacted by Congress. Since that time states have been working to meet those new requirements. Click here to learn what your state requires.