Craft Cabin and Energy Plus Heaters

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Dannette’s creative outlet is making and sending uplifting, hand-crafted cards to the nearby hospice. When her craft supplies started to outgrow her home, her husband, Chris, knew he had to do something.

With Dannette’s big-hearted purpose behind the crafting in mind and some help from an electrician and contractor, Chris built a special craft cabin for Danette this past year.

Their home is a cozy haven out in Wisconsin, a state that’s known for cold winters and a lot of snow. Chris made sure to build the 200-square-foot craft cabin right next to their home so it’s only a short walk of shivering before you’re back inside.

It was a bit of a process to find the best way to keep the craft cabin warm. Dannette and Chris’ home is heated by propane. When building the cabin, Chris thought he might heat it the same way. But running propane soon turned into too big a hassle with digging and determining depth requirements. During construction, they used a space heater, but it was clear that wasn’t going to keep the room comfortable on a long-term basis.

Then Chris read a blog post about using Cadet heaters to warm a winter cabin and started researching electric heat. He was soon sold on the affordability and efficiency electric heat offered. He looked through baseboards and fan heaters of all kinds. In the end, the Energy Plus heaters had the power to heat his cabin along with just the right amount of features to keep things simple.

With the help of the Energy Plus’ Night/Away button, Chris and Dannette have their heating process down pat. Friday night Chris goes out and turns up the heat in the cabin so that Saturday morning it’s at a toasty 70 degrees—perfect for crafting. But if Chris forgets to turn up the heat and Dannette needs to do it Saturday morning, no harm done because it only takes an hour (an hour and a half max) to get the cabin up to temperature. This is great because Dannette spends the majority of her weekend in the cabin.

“I don’t know how you could make these heaters any easier.” Chris said.

The Night/Away button makes their heating routine simple and energy-efficient. When Dannette is finished in her cabin, she simply pushes the Night/Away button again and the thermostat is set back to an energy-saving 50 degrees, which helps them save on their heating costs. The electric bill to heat the craft cabin from mid-October to mid-November was $20. Not bad!

“We are as happy as can be with them," Chris said. "I’m amazed at how well they work.”

We enjoyed hearing about Dannette's crafting and are so happy Cadet could play a small part in the good work she is doing.

Check out this video to learn more about the Energy Plus or read about other Cadet success stories here.