Avista electric customers in Washington and Idaho will find in their July bill an important tool in reducing their energy consumption - a discount coupon towards the purchase of a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL).
If each of Avista’s 351,585 electric customers used the coupon to replace one incandescent bulb with a CFL, it would save over 10.5 megawatts of electricity and avoid 3.2 million metric tons of CO2 emissions based on Avista’s renewable resource mix. That’s the equivalent of removing the greenhouse gas emissions of 540 passenger vehicles.
In addition to using up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs, CFLs also last up to seven times longer and produce about 75 percent less heat. Reducing a home’s heat in summer is a key step to managing seasonal energy costs.
CFLs contain a small amount of mercury - an average of four milligrams - sealed with glass tubing, so it is important to dispose of them at a household hazardous waste facility. However, Avista will soon offer customers free drop-off sites in eastern Washington and northern Idaho for recycling their spent CFLs. Until then, customers should store spent CFLs in a safe manner that does not cause breakage.
Avista offers a number of rebates and incentives to help customers more efficiently manage their energy use. By upgrading equipment and appliances to more efficient models and by implementing other energy savings measures, customer can reduce their energy demand and lessen the impact of rising energy costs. Rebate and incentive information for residential, commercial and industrial customers is available at www.everylittlebit.
In 2007, Avista’s Washington and Idaho customers received more than $9 million in energy efficiency rebates and incentives and saved 53.7 million kilowatt hours – enough energy to power over 4,500 homes – and more than 1.5 million therms of natural gas. Since 1980, Avista customers have saved 130 average megawatts which is enough electricity to power over 97,000 homes.
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 service to 352,000 electric and 311,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com. Avista Corp. and the Avista Corp. logo are trademarks of Avista Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.
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