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March 27, 2013 | Donna Balzer

Grow Micro-Greens Indoors

Pea sprout greens are the coolest thing I have grown so far this year. Yes it's still weeks away from growing outdoors in Calgary but my little pea sprouts have been making a statement in salads for months already.

The sprout snips are sweet and fragrant and taste like – well – peas.

March 20, 2013 | Cody Stuart

Canadian Households Increasingly Eco-Friendly

Judging by the numbers, Canadians are becoming more mindful of their impact on Mother Earth around the house.

According to a survey released by Statistics Canada, an increasing number of Canadian households have installed energy-efficient fixtures.

March 07, 2013 | CREBNow

Grant Supports Calgary's Environmentally Minded Youth

Calgary youths taking the initiative to create more eco-friendly communities could receive funding up to $1,000 through The Jack Leslie Youth Environmental Grant now accepting applications.

The grant is named for former Calgary Mayor Jack Leslie, for the positive impact he had both on the city itself as well as the environment, and is awarded to those whose projects are located in Calgary; directly benefit the local environment and are planned and implemented by youth.

March 06, 2013 | Cody Stuart

Ward Off Vampire (Power)

Sucking the blood from their victims in the dead of night, vampires are one of the more evil villains conjured up by the human imagination. There are, however, certain types of bloodsuckers that are far more real – those that could be lurking in your home right now! Now before you rush to the local grocer for garlic and wooden stakes, some clarification may be in order.

March 05, 2013 | CREBNow

Pop The Question: Donna Balzer

Since the age of three when she'd question her parents on when the garden carrots would be ready to eat, Donna Balzer has been passionate about how things grow. Authour, award winning journalist, columnist with CBC radio and the Calgary Herald and blogger (GardenGuru.net); Balzer took some time out of her busy schedule to share her love of gardening including which plant she wishes she could grow here in Calgary.

Feb. 27, 2013 | Cody Stuart

Pop The Question: Joanne Dafoe

Having spent the last eight years in a multitude of roles at Calgary's Spruce It Up Garden Centre, born and raised Calgarian Joanne Dafoe knows what it takes to get things growing in this city. Since graduating with a major in Horticulture and Landscape Design, Dafoe has served as landscape co-ordinator, green goods buyer and even store manager.

In addition to running her new consultation company, Dafoe also guest hosts on the Let's Talk Gardening Radio Show on QR77. CREB®Now caught up with Dafoe before her appearance at this year's Calgary Home + Garden Show to talk a bit about what makes gardening great.

Feb. 27, 2013 | CREBNow

An Eco-Friendly Move

Founded in Vancouver in 2008 by Doug Burgoyne, FrogBox's Calgary franchise has been providing eco-friendly moving services for the last year.

"We've been open for the last year and every month we continue to grow," said Sylvia Cieslik FrogBox Calgary's sales and marketing manager.

Feb. 14, 2013 | CREBNow

Reclaiming, Repurposing and Reusing

Through an unassuming door and up a set of stairs in Calgary's Manchester Industrial area, one can find barnboard, blue and white bowling chairs, an Elvis movie poster and more — pieces saved from the landfill to find a new lease on life with the Reclaimed Trading Company (RTC).

When contractor Kelly Kask started storing overflow construction pieces in his home garage five years ago, it was only a matter of time before that one garage turned into two, which turned into 10, which turned into the addition of three warehouses which turned into the reclamation company with both a Calgary location and a newly opened location in Vancouver.

Dec. 11, 2012 | CREBNow

12.12.12: 12 Homesmart Tips

1. Installing energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and water-heating systems can dramatically reduce energy use and cost. By selecting high-efficiency appliances with ENERGY STAR® ratings, and quality exterior doors and windows, you will further reduce your home's energy consumption.
2. EnerGuide is the official Government of Canada mark associated with the labelling and rating of the energy consumption and energy efficiency of household appliances air conditions, heating and ventilation equipment. The EnerGuide scale ranges from 0-100. A rating of 0 represents a home with major air leakage, a rating of 100 signifies a house that is airtight.

Nov. 15, 2012 | CREBNow

Harnessing the Sun

Some Calgarians have been known to grumble about the length of the winter versus summer seasons in the city. What most can agree on is that no matter what time of year, there's no shortage of sunshine.

Ongoing for a year now, ENMAX Energy's Generate Choice program offers affordable solar and wind power for the home thanks to funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation.

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