As a part of the Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Initiative, Yellowstone National Park is working to create a model for off-grid environmental stewardship and education at their Lamar Buffalo Ranch facility in the park. Choosing Andersen® windows has helped prove the model’s performance in a noticeable way.
Located in Yellowstone’s northeast corner, in the heart of the Lamar Valley, Buffalo Ranch was created to preserve one of the last free-roaming bison herds in the United States. Today it serves as a trip back in time for park visitors, a popular stop on several tours offered to Yellowstone visitors. Situated far from other developments in the park, Buffalo Ranch offers comfortable lodging in an historic wilderness setting. Each guest cabin features basic amenities: single beds, a propane heater and reading lights. They don’t have electrical outlets or plumbing, providing a rustic yet comfortable experience.
Through the Yellowstone Park Foundation, Andersen donated windows and funds for the renovation of the 16 residential cabins at the ranch. Each renovation included replacing all the windows with Andersen 400 Series double-hung windows, as well as upgrading the cabins’ insulation and installing programmable thermostats.
In the 12 months since the renovation, the cabins have shown an average of a 50 percent reduction in fuel usage per month from the same time last year. The windows not only help support the Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Initiative, but also maintain the historic character of these unique cabins that are a popular stop for many park visitors. Andersen is committed to continuing its work with the Yellowstone Park Foundation – and with more than 1,500 buildings in Yellowstone, there’s plenty to do!