It is rare that business sense and environmental quality interest intersect to make a resource-use decision so obvious. But the recent rise in Northwest power prices has turned energy conservation into good business, says Lyn Oha Carey of Washington State University's Cooperative Extension Energy Program. The program's Energy Ideas Clearinghouse Web site offers many ways to conserve power. The site's database provides a list of links from A to Z, including information for folks who want to build off the grid or find out how much energy is required to melt waste glass. The site also provides regional and national energy news.


Initially, the site was geared toward the commercial and industrial sector, but the program's Linda Witham says it will now try to reach a wider audience. It could be a challenge: "You can see a clear-cut and respond to it emotionally," Carey says, "but energy efficiency takes a greater awareness and sensitivity." Energy Ideas Clearing-house is located at www.energyideas.org.