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Prudent Living welcomes the opportunity to serve you in four key areas. Build your future Zero Energy Solar Home or high-performance home with Prudent Living Homes. Start saving now on your energy bills with Prudent Living Solar. Explore high-performance home construction details and learn about alternative home energy solutions with Prudent Living Magazine, our weekly blog. And climb aboard the Prudent Living Train for your entertainment and education through an immersive video experience. We love building Zero Energy High-Performance Homes that provide sustainable solutions for our customers.

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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need for Net Zero Construction in Vermont?

August 31, 2019

If you’re thinking about building a home that will comply to net zero construction in Vermont standards, no doubt you’ll have some questions about solar PV systems. Only a few years ago the thought of having solar panels all over your roof was considered a weird or ugly thing to do. Not today. Having solar…

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How Do Micro Inverters Work In a Custom Zero Energy Home?

August 24, 2019

Every year when I dig out the Christmas lights I wonder how many of them are going to work and how long it will take me to find the one light that doesn’t, so I can replace that one light in order to get the entire strand to light up. That is frustrating to say…

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The Top 3 Myths of Net Zero Construction in Vermont and New Hampshire

August 10, 2019

Since net zero construction in Vermont and New Hampshire is the latest (and we think greatest) form of residential construction practices, there are some common myths about net zero homes. Let’s dispel these myths: Myth #1) I Need to Compromise on Design This misperception may have drifted over from the auto industry. You may know that…

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Top Questions To Ask A High-Performance Home Builder

July 30, 2019

Top questions to ask when interviewing Builders who claim to be knowledgeable about High Performance construction techniques. How do air barriers differ from vapor barriers? What is a Breathable Vapor Barrier? When and where is a breathable vapor barrier used in a house envelope? When is a breathable vapor barrier not required? What direction does…

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A Tale of Two Houses (Less to Build vs. Less to Own)

July 20, 2019

A couple stopped by my office recently and inquired about building a new house. Since we have been building houses for about 40 years, this was no surprise and it also didn’t surprise me that they didn’t have drawings yet. Their thoughts were pretty vague about what they wanted except for two things. They had…

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Solar Harvesting is Agriculture

July 13, 2019

The Harvesting of Solar Energy is agriculture.  Geothermal and Wind power is too.  In fact, I contend that all forms of energy harvesting is agriculture.  Property Taxes are determined in various ways but one way is by how we use a specific piece of property.  Some activities are taxed at a lower level than others. …

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How Do Micro Inverters Work In a Custom Zero Energy Home?

June 29, 2019

Every year when I dig out the Christmas lights I wonder how many of them are going to work and how long it will take me to find the one light that doesn’t, so I can replace that one light in order to get the entire strand to light up. That is frustrating to say…

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How Does a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic System Work In Your High Performance Home?

June 25, 2019

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems provide clean electricity that has many benefits. Renewable energy is better for the environment, better for your bottom line, and is long lasting. So while it is easy to understand the benefits of clean energy, it is not alwayseasy to understand how it is produced. Certain components required by code have been left out of the following diagram in order…

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Home Downsizing Strategies for Seniors – A Case Study

June 15, 2019

My grandparents have downsized…twice! The first time was when they moved to Florida from New Hampshire about 20 years ago. Then they downsized again a couple years ago when they moved back to New Hampshire to share a home they built with my aunt and uncle. Since they are so experienced with downsizing strategies for…

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4 Reasons Why You Should Let Us Build A Custom Zero Energy Home, pt4

May 28, 2019

Reason 4: Your Home Will Pay You Back Over Time Over the span of a thirty-year mortgage, your operational savings could be as high as $200,000.00, compared to an identical house built to minimum energy codes at the same time. Sustainable strategies really do make a difference! Yes, there might be an initial 10 percent…

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