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Huey’s Vampire Electronics

By Prudent / May 21, 2014

Adventures of Jeb and Huey: Vampire Electronics by Nathan Biebel The old pickup truck belonging to Jebediah Forethought kicked up dust behind it as it rumbled along the dirt road that served as a shortcut home. The shortcut brought him by the property of Huey Hindsight, which gave Jeb a…

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Safety in Your Home

By Prudent / May 21, 2014
wemple, bridgewater, off grid

by David B. Biebel You may spend half of your life at work or school, but the other half you spend at home. Work places have safety rules with inspections and warnings for workers. How many homes have you been in where safety rules were posted? Many injuries and illnesses…

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How Much Per Square Foot?

By Prudent / May 21, 2014

by Paul Biebel, President Biebel Builders, Inc & Prudent Living, Inc In thirty years of building homes, the most common question I’ve heard from prospective clients is: “How much will it cost per square foot?” The answer to that question is: “Well…cough…sputter…gag…that depends….” If you ever hear another answer from…

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Window Covering Tips

By Prudent / May 21, 2014

by Nancy Wolff A Good Set of Window Blinds Can Make You More Energy Independent. A few years ago my husband and I met Larry Sportello of Budget Blinds out of Keene, NH. We have two large south facing windows and we were looking for way to help keep our…

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Why Build a High-Tech Home?

By Prudent / May 21, 2014

If you’re thinking of building a home, and you want the best “bang for your bucket of bucks,” prudence suggests that you consider the advantages of going high-tech, even perhaps aiming for a net-zero home. “Net-zero” describes a home in which the renewable energy sources that are incorporated into the…

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Barn Becomes Net-Zero Home

By Prudent / May 21, 2014

(Adapted from Prudent Living Magazine: Volumes 1-3, 2012) With retirement and fixed income living just a few years ahead, the handwriting was on the wall for Don Wemple: Find a way to reduce living costs, or find another place to live. The answer for the Bridgewater Corners, Vermont, renewable energy…

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Energy Interdependence

By Prudent / May 21, 2014

by David B. Biebel – Editor-in-Chief Early one morning not so long ago, a young neighbor came knocking. Obviously distraught, he said, “I missed my bus. Mom’s at work. Could you give me a ride to school?” In years past, I would not have hesitated. But with the Trayvon Martin…

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Prudent Living and the Lebanon Rotary Club

By Prudent / May 14, 2014

Prudent Living, Inc. and LaValley Building Supply recently hosted 30 members and guests of the Lebanon (NH) Rotary Club at LaValley Building Supply’s West Lebanon store for lunch and a presentation on the development of the Prudent Living Train display. Company president, Paul Biebel, discussed the history and creation of…

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What’s New at Prudent Living

By Prudent / May 14, 2014

Prudent Living, Inc. has begun offering monthly building and energy-related workshops, open to the public and free-of-charge. Company personnel will present information and lead discussion around such topics as: Designing Your Own Home Mini-Splits…Efficiency in a Small Package Insulation – How Much is Enough? Building a Home? Site and Lot…

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