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Safety On The Home Front

by Nancy Wolff When I was asked to write an article on Safety my mind started to go in all different directions. Should I write about the safety of using homemade cleaning products versus store bought? Of the importance of keeping the prongs of a garden rake pointed downwards when you garden? Or should I…

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Huey’s Vampire Electronics

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 chance to look in on…

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Safety in Your Home

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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 occur in the home environment.…

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How Much Per Square Foot?

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 a prospective builder, it’s a…

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Window Covering Tips

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 house cool in the summer…

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Why Build a High-Tech Home?

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 design produce the equivalent of…

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Barn Becomes Net-Zero Home

(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 expert was relatively easy in…

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Energy Interdependence

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 case being heard less than…

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Prudent Living and the Lebanon Rotary Club

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 the exhibit, and why the…

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What’s New at Prudent Living

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 Selection Criteria.  Workshops will be…

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