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Going Green

Get Green! This group is for those who are building (or have built) a "Green" log home using sustainable methods such as solar, wind, and geothermal energy. Also we will be discussing getting back to nature, organic gardening, and other topics.

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Latest Activity: Nov 3, 2015

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Interested in a self-sustaining lifestyle that embraces nature? Then let's talk about our experiences and adventures in Green building. The fact that we all love log homes expresses our mutual respect for nature and the earth.

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Comment by Greg Beck on March 30, 2009 at 7:19pm
I saw something really cool on a cable show called living with Ed, it was a water misting devise that hooks on to your central air unit outside and when the unit powers on, the fan blows the sail switch on which starts the water misting that cools the air the unit is taking in, which is supposed to save up to 30% on your electric use, I have emailed Ed to find out were to buy these, sounds like a good deal, I'm sure we would all like to save money, I was considering using these misting units on my screened porch for hot summer days, but would have never thought of using them to cool a/c intake air, if I find out were to buy them I clue everyone in. Greg
Comment by Rose Glenn on March 29, 2009 at 8:46pm
Hey guys! Great posts recently... thank you all so much for the great info! This is why we are here, to share information and ideas with each other. For those of you with "green" businesses out there I would like to include your contact info on my other website I'm putting together, Hope this is okay with you all. Thanks again and invite your friends to our group! (-;
Comment by Kelly on March 29, 2009 at 6:50pm
Hi Rose Glenn,

I work in the log home maintenance division and we sell a product that is environmentally friendly for the consumers and contractors out there. I just did a post for it under stains. Everyone is going green and just wanted people to know they are enviromentally products out there for them.

Comment by Randy Esposito on March 28, 2009 at 10:15am
Rose, Our website is, my complete contact information is located there.

When my wife and I started the process of building we did alot of research on passive solar. So we made sure our design faces due south, the prow walls are on an angle and have a 2' soffit. This blocks the sun in the summer and helps keep the house cool (we don't have AC). In the winter it lets the sun to warm the house. We also have a bank of skylights that face EAST this lets in the morning sun and lights the house most of the day. The skylights are over the loft (master bedroom) and the dining area on the first floor so it takes care of two floors. We also kept the north facing windows to a minimum to keep heat loss down.

Since we have a long driveway, we decided to go with radiant floor heat fired by an electric on demand water heater designed for radiant floor heat. This is pre-heated with a solar hot water heater. In the summer, our hot water comes from the solar system about 90% of the time.

It's amazing how a little bit of simple design and planning ahead will let you have a bright and sunny house at not much more initial expense.

Our only regret looking back is not going with metal roofing. But at least that is something that can be done in the future.
Comment by Rose Glenn on March 27, 2009 at 4:34pm
Randy, thanks for the input! Could you please share your contact information with us, and maybe some ideas/stories about building your home? I for one would be very interested in discussing what your company has to offer. Also, if you could include a link or URL to your website I would love to feature it on my website. Thanks! Rose
Comment by Randy Esposito on March 27, 2009 at 4:17pm
Hi Rose,

The log home built in the website was supplied by Moosehead Cedar Log Homes. I am a dealer for Moosehead and we should have our 100% ANSI Green Certification very soon.

My home is passive solar (not log). The picture is on my profile. Our heat is off most of the time during the day and we very rarely need lights on during the day either. Plus, I have a solar hot water system as well.
Comment by Rose Glenn on March 27, 2009 at 3:55pm
Just came across two nice passive solar plans on Here is the link if you want to take a peek: Passive Solar Plans
Comment by Rose Glenn on March 27, 2009 at 3:48pm
Quick update! I just found a great website for "green" log homes. Here it is: If you are a visual person like myself, you will love their 3-D walkthroughs on the plans, plus there is some good information on various systems that can be used throughout the home.

Also, I have my own website up and running now: I hope you visit it! I could really use some more links and ideas for this site too.

Comment by Rose Glenn on March 16, 2009 at 1:12pm
Hey guys, thanks for joining the group! I'm a newbie at this green building thing (as I think some of you are) so I'm hoping we get some more experienced folks out there to guide us in the right direction. One other point about those tax credits and other little "freebies" -- check with your local utility company and see if there is any grant money or other available credits that you can use to help defer those initial costs. I checked with my local utility company and if we tie back onto the grid, we can get up to $9,000 back in tax credits and available grant money (free loan that you never had to repay!) That takes a big chunk out of the $15-$30K that we were looking at to add solar panels to our plan.

P.S. I know I said "no shameless plugs" but if you have a green business to advertise, or have a recommendation or website to offer, feel free to "plug" away! ( :
Comment by Gail & Robert on March 15, 2009 at 12:18pm
Glenn V is correct about the tax credits. That's a big plus for us, as we are thinking about solar and or geothermal. Our future homesite has great southern exposure for the pv system.

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