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Germans Tip-Toe Up the Path to Energy Savings

By Erika Solomon and Melissa Eddy

29 Jul 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The NYT reports on the myriad, often very small ways Germans are trying to conserve energy amid fears Russia will cut gas supplies.

AUGSBURG, Germany — Wolfgang Hübschle went into city government expecting a simple life, planning things such as traditional festivals replete with lederhosen.

Instead, these days he has the unpopular task of calculating which traffic lights to shut off, how to lower temperatures in offices and swimming pools — and perhaps, if it comes to it, pulling the plug on Bavarians’ beloved but energy-intensive breweries.

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