Energy: The New Conservation Chic

Portland blazes trails in the battle to cut fuel costs

Two years ago, Portland, Ore., Physician Donald Trelstad and his wife Cindy, put a $450 wood-burning stove in the kitchen of their rambling turn-of-the-century home. Last March they spent $2,400 on storm windows. After the installation of a second wood stove this winter, they expect to shut down their old oil furnace for good. Boasts Cindy: "We could afford the oil bills. It's just that we'd rather not give the money to the Arab cartel. We're sort of proud of the fact that we won't burn any oil."

Conservation has become both chic...

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