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Avista Offers Energy Saving Tips as Summer Temperatures Heat Up
No-cost tips can help in controlling your energy use

June 25, 2015:  With potentially record breaking temperatures in the forecast, customers can keep an eye on their energy usage by taking a few simple, no-cost energy efficiency steps.

Set your air conditioning thermostat at the highest comfortable setting, 78° F or higher, if possible. Each degree over 70° F can save approximately 3 percent on your cooling bill.
  • Ceiling and other fans can provide additional cooling and better circulation so you can increase the thermostat setting.
  • Most fans have a switch to change the fan direction. Make sure ceiling fans are blowing downward (in a counterclockwise direction) to send air past your body.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to adjust temperature settings several times per day on a preset schedule.
  • Close shades, blinds or draperies on unshaded glass areas to reduce heat gain by as much as 50 percent.
  • Use heat producing appliances such as dishwashers, ovens, ranges and dryers after 7:00 p.m., if possible
  • Use your outdoor BBQ instead of cooking on your range.
  • Use small electric appliances or a microwave for cooking instead of your store or oven.

 For more energy saving tips, visit www.avistautilities.com.

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