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Avista Offers Tips for Managing Energy Costs during Cold Weather

SPOKANE, Wash. – Jan. 12, 2007:  With the extreme cold temperatures in the forecast for the region, Avista suggests checking your home for air leaks as one way to help stay comfortable while managing your energy bill.

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. 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.
• If you have a ceiling fan, select the setting (forward or reverse) that will disperse the warm air collecting near the ceiling. The winter setting should be such that if you stand under the fan you feel no direct breeze.
• 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.
• Don’t block heating registers, move furniture to allow heat to flow freely, and make sure all return air openings are unobstructed.
• 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.
• Add a sweater and an extra blanket to stay warm rather than adjusting the thermostat.
• Insulate pipes in unheated areas.
• Replace your furnace air filter if you have not done so within the past month.

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 341,000 electric and 298,000 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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