A question on energy cost is answered. The price of energy will not be much lower in the foreseeable future than what it is today. The price of natural gas has doubled in the past year and is expected to double again in the near future. Natural gas will fuel power plants as coal, abundant in America, is also politically unacceptable. This means that your electric bill will probably double as soon as your contracts expire. Wind, solar and tidal generation are interesting ideas, but will not provide an immediate cost relief. Consequently, the near-term prospects for stability are nonexistent. So upholstered seating manufacturers should: 1. Negotiate long-term contract you can get with your power and gas vendors and, if possible, shop around. 2. If you have not gone to a four-day week, do so. It will enable you to cut power usage as well as aid your employees in saving gas. 3. Encourage car pooling.