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SPOKANE, Wash. – Nov. 27, 2006: With arctic temperatures in the forecast for much of the region over the next few days, you may be tempted to reach for the thermostat to stay warm; however Avista suggests some other options with an eye on keeping your energy bill in check.
Some good tips are:
- Set the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower during the day, health permitting, and add a sweater for warmth.
- Set your thermostat back several more degrees at night while you sleep provided you do not heat with an air source heat pump. Heat pumps operate mostly efficiently at a constant temperature setting.
- Add an extra blanket to the bed when sleeping and lower the thermostat to the lowest acceptable setting.
- Close dampers and restrict the use of your wood fireplace in this extremely cold weather. Fireplaces can rob your home of heat provided by your heating system and reduce your comfort.
- Make sure exterior door sweeps are in good repair and correctly installed. If not, roll a towel and place it at the base of the door until you can correct the problem.
- Reverse the motor on ceiling fans in order to disperse the warm air collecting near the ceiling.
- Turn off kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans when not needed. In one hour, these fans can pull a house full of warm air right out of the home.
- Make sure heating registers and return air openings are not blocked by furniture or other items.
- Open drapes and shades during the day to let in the sun, especially south facing exposures. Close them at night to keep out the cold.
- Make your food and beverage decisions before opening the refrigerator. Each time you open the refrigerator door, cold air escapes into the kitchen and the compressor has to run for 8-10 minutes to replace the cold inside.
- Never use a kitchen oven as a source of heat for your home; however, after using the oven for cooking, turn it off and leave the door slightly ajar to let the remaining heat flow into the kitchen.
For more energy saving tips and for information on energy rebates and customer assistance programs, visit www.avistautilities.com .
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 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 Advantage IQ and Avista Energy. Avista Corp.’s 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.
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