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Avista Offers Tips for Managing Energy Costs during Cold Weather and Resources for Assistance

Spokane, Wash.: SPOKANE, Wash. – Jan. 21, 2008: With the extreme cold temperatures in the forecast for the region, Avista has some recommendations for things to do before you turn the thermostat up. Dress in layers of warm clothing; add a blanket to your bed; check your home for air leaks or drafts.

Making sure door sweeps are in good condition will help prevent cold air from seeping in under doors. As a temporary measure, roll a towel and place at the base of exterior doors. Calk window frames and place plugs in empty electric outlets. Home improvement and hardware stores sell inexpensive materials that will help keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside your home.

Be a good neighbor. Please take a moment to check on elderly or infirm neighbors who may need some additional help during a cold spell. If they need energy assistance, contact the community action agency in your area:

Adams, Lincoln and Grant Counties North Columbia Community Action Council 509-765-9243 or
Asotin County Community Action Partnership 208-746-3351 or
Spokane County Spokane Neighborhood Action Program Energy Assistance appointment (during the winter heating season) 509-456-7111

509-242-2376 on Tuesday 10:00am-2:00pm or
Thursday 11:00am-3:00pm.
Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry Counties Rural Resources Community Action 509-684-8421
Whitman County Community Action Center (Pullman)

Community Action Center (Colfax)
509-334-9147 or

Lincoln County Davenport, Reardan, (Othello) 888-765-9206
Benewah County Community Action Partnership 208-245-9090 or
Bonner County Community Action Partnership 208-255-2910 or
Boundary County Community Action Partnership 208-267-3663 or
Clearwater County Community Action Partnership 208-476-4949
Idaho County Community Action Partnership 208-983-0437
Kootenai County Community Action Partnership 208-664-8757 or
Latah County Community Action Partnership 208-882-3535 or
Lewis County Community Action Partnership 208-935-2412
Nez Perce County Community Action Partnership 208-746-3351 or
800-326-4843 (ext. 231 for weatherization)
Shoshone County Community Action Partnership 208-783-4901 or

Other suggestions include:
• Restrict the use of your wood fireplace in extremely cold weather. Fireplaces can rob your home of heat provided by your heating system and reduce your comfort.
• Turn off kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans when you are done. In one hour, these fans can pull a house full of warm air right out of the home.
• Consider rearranging furniture so you are not spending time sitting in front of a window.
• Close drapes and blinds to help keep the heat inside and the cold outside.
• Insulate pipes in cabinets on outside walls and in unheated areas.

For more low cost and no-cost energy efficiency tips, please go to www.avistautilities.com/everylittlebit.

For more information on energy assistance, call CARES at Avista, 800.227.9187.

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 348,000 electric and 305,000 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.

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