Living: Looking Ahead by Cutting Back

Eleven competing towns get all charged up over saving energy

The sleepy little hamlet of Monterey, Mass., tucked away in the Berkshire Hills, seemed to have fallen into a time warp. As the 760 winter residents of the resort community went about their business, no radio or television could be heard. At Millie Walsh's Mobil station on Route 23 just past the center of town, the electric clock had stopped and the giant soft-drink cooler was turned off. At Arthur and Alice Somers' huge Victorian manse on the edge of nearby Lake Garfield, the...

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