Change is in the autumn air. It may be Indian summer now, but cooler days are on the way. And so we begin to think about cozy interiors, lighting the darkness and, inevitably, facing our heating bills. That's why in this issue we visit two brand-new housing developments — with historic ties — and a colorful lamp store. We also check out a program that helps Burlington residents cut energy use and costs. And for good measure, we explore ways to make our backyards prettier in winter. One word, people: conifers.