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Avista Calls for Voluntary Electric Conservation
Officials urge people to cool off by using fans instead of air conditioners and to cut back on using heavy appliances.

Spokane, Wash., July 24// -- Avista is asking its residential and commercial electric customers to voluntarily reduce their use of air conditioning and other large electrical appliances today between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Normally abundant electrical supplies have been stretched because of record high temperatures across the west for the past several days.

Avista places the safety of the general public and its personnel above any other consideration. Customers with medical concerns and the elderly should consider their health and safety before taking any curtailment steps.

In addition to turning up thermostats and minimizing use of heat producing appliances between the hours of 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Avista also suggest the following energy conservation measures:

. Keep blinds and drapes closed during the hottest part of the day to block the sun's heat.
. On hot days, cook outside, use a microwave oven or prepare cold meats to avoid excess heat in the kitchen.
. Remember that room air conditioners are generally least efficient if they have to cool more than one room at a time.
. Replace air conditioning filters frequently and make sure central air conditioning units are clear of debris.
. For complete list of tips on staying cool during hot weather visit www.avistautilities.com.

Avista is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is a company operating division that provides service to 338,000 electric and 297,000 natural gas customers in three western states. Avista!|s non-regulated subsidiaries include Avista Advantage and Avista Energy. Avista Corp.!|s stock is traded under the ticker symbol !?AVA.!? For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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