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Avista’s Energy Saving Program Helps the World’s Largest Retailer Cut Costs
Pullman, Wash. Walmart qualifies for more than $100,000 in energy efficiency incentives from Avista


Feb. 11, 2011
:  Avista has once again partnered with the world’s largest retailer to help save money on its energy bill. By teaming up with Avista, Walmart has been able to cash in on smart choices made during the completion of its new store in Pullman, Wash.


The Pullman Walmart, like all new Walmart stores, includes energy efficient technology and environmentally friendly features that result in substantial energy savings. Installation of high efficiency store equipment such as freezer cases and motors, controls for lighting, energy efficient rooftop units and energy efficient doors on low-temperature cases earned the Pullman Walmart $100,866 in energy efficiency incentives from Avista.


The energy efficiency measures in the new 154,000-square-foot store are expected to save almost 720,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. That is enough energy savings to power 60 homes annually. 


“Energy reduction and energy efficiency is a major focus with our company, and each new store is equipped with new technology, procedures and other energy saving techniques that help reduce our energy footprint,” said Pullman Walmart Store Manager Kelly Allen. “Walmart’s goal is to save people money so they can live better. When we are able to save money on expenses within the store and within the company, we can then pass that savings onto our customers, resulting in a win-win for everybody.” 


Allen will receive Avista’s energy efficiency incentive check on Friday, Feb. 11, at the Pullman Walmart employee meeting. Presenting the check will be Ann Carey, an Avista energy solutions account executive, and Paul Kimmell, a regional business manager in the Pullman service area. 


“Walmart is a great example of how businesses can take advantage of Avista’s energy efficiency programs to help manage their energy costs,” said Patrick Lynch, Avista’s director of energy solutions. “We appreciate Walmart’s corporate commitment to efficiency and sustainability, as well as their understanding of the long-lasting benefits and savings they’ll realize by implementing energy efficient systems.”


Through Avista’s energy efficiency programs, Idaho Walmart stores in Post Falls, Hayden, Sandpoint and Smelterville and Washington stores in Clarkston, Airway Heights and Pullman have received over $500,000 in energy efficiency rebates by saving more than 5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and almost 11,000 therms of natural gas. That is enough energy savings to power over 436 homes for a year and to provide natural gas service to about 13 homes.


Avista offers a variety of energy efficiency rebates, incentives and other energy management tools for residential, commercial and industrial customers. For over three decades Avista has offered the tariff-based programs because generally it costs less to help customers reduce their usage through energy efficiency programs than to acquire additional, more costly energy resources. Information on Avista’s range of energy efficiency programs is available at www.everylittlebit.com.

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