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Avista Introduces Online Fuel Cost Comparison Calculators
New tool makes customer energy choices easier

June 2, 2014: It’s a new twist to comparison shopping -- Avista is launching new online fuel cost comparison calculators to help homeowners manage their energy use. Customers can go online to estimate their annual space or water heating costs to see how various energy sources compare by going to www.avistautilities.com/fuelcalc. (Be sure to view the Full Site from mobile devices.)  
 
“It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. The fuel cost calculator clearly shows differences in cost by comparing a variety of heating sources, such as heat pump, natural gas, propane and fuel oil,” said Manager of Demand Side Management Chris Drake.
 
“We think it’s a very effective tool to help customers better understand their energy choices and make informed decisions, especially if they’re considering upgrading their equipment or switching to natural gas to heat their home or water,” Drake added.
 
The online calculators are easy to use. A customer simply enters some basic information, such as their home’s square footage, number of occupants and other variables. The analytic engine behind the calculator includes default estimates and automatically factors in local energy rates and weather data. Based on the customer’s information, a colorful bar chart illustrates the estimated costs to heat the home or water with different fuel sources.
 
The calculators let customers model various scenarios to more accurately reflect their specific situations. Customers can also compare estimates to their current energy bill to see whether or not an upgrade to their existing equipment may be cost effective.

 

About Avista
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.
Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides electric service to 366,000 customers and natural gas to 326,000 customers.  Our service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  Avista's primary, non-utility subsidiary is Ecova, an energy and sustainability management company with over 700 expense management customers, representing more than 700,000 sites. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol "AVA." For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.

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