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HG: Annie Payne Column January 31, 2009

By Annie Payne

One week ago today marked the day considered by those who have the time and energy to figure these things out as the most depressing day of the year. Apparently, by Jan. 24, bills from Christmas come due, people have already given up on their ...


HG: Homegrown Column January 31, 2009

By Dennis Hill

We received forced tulip bulbs for Christmas. How do I care for the bulbs after they are through blooming? Thanks. — Irene To be honest, most people end up throwing them away once they’re done blooming. You don’t ...


HG: SustainAbility Column January 24, 2009

By Adele Israel

Xcel Energy expanded its demand side management programs to promote energy efficiency and save you money. According to a 2008 Xcel mailing, “conservation is two to five times less expensive than meeting your future energy needs in other ...


HG: Annie Payne Column january 17, 2009

By Annie Payne

The Grand Valley isn’t the only place stuck in an inversion. Your home could be suffering from an inversion of its own, an odor inversion. When windows are kept shut to keep out the cold, odors have no place to go. The smell of a home, ...


HG: SustainAbility Column january 17, 2009

By Adele Israel

Housing starts are way down in Mesa County, but one area is flourishing: green building. Several rating systems are gaining recognition locally in the wake of demand for sustainably designed, energy-efficient new homes and buildings. Bob Lee, ...


HG: Homegrown Column january 17, 2009

By Dennis Hill

I have two beautiful flowering crab apple trees in my front yard that produce a lot of crab apples. The apples stay on one of the trees until spring, which the returning robins feed on.  The other tree drops the apples in November ...


HG: SustainAbility Column January 10, 2009

By Adele Israel

The countdown to digital television broadcasting on Feb. 17 is a little hard to miss unless you’ve evolved beyond TV. What is the most sustainable way to adapt to the change? The vast majority of us don’t need to do a single thing ...


HG: Homegrown Column January 10, 2009

By Dennis Hill

Several years ago, we planted Russian sage plants close to the front of our house. As pretty as they are, the flowers make a mess in decorative gravel. The plan is to dig them up to plant in the backyard where there is no ...


HG: SustainAbility Column January 03, 2009

By Adele Israel

A new year is upon us,  filled with resolutions and fresh starts on the national and personal level. I have been contemplating my early steps down the path to sustainability. In 1987, we finally could afford to open our first Individual ...


HG: Annie Payne Column January 03, 2009

By Annie Payne

I didn’t wake up Jan. 1 and look at myself in the mirror and think, “I could stand to gain a few pounds, and I need more stuff in my house.” No, my New Year’s resolutions, like so many people’s, revolve around ...


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