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Avista and Spokane Public Schools energy savings success
Partnership results in energy efficiency rebates through popular Avista programs

SPOKANE, Wash. Jan. 8, 2015: The partnership between Avista and Spokane Public Schools (SPS) should get another gold star for energy efficiency improvements made to district schools and facilities. Improvements during 2014 have qualified for $237,189 in energy efficiency rebates and incentives from Avista and are expected to save SPS approximately $65,000 annually in energy costs.
 
As a result of an ongoing partnership focused on energy efficiency, the school district has received more than $2.7 million in energy efficiency incentives since 2005.
 
The majority of projects in 2014 focused on the new Ferris High School building, which was built with energy efficiency in mind. It includes some of the following features:
  • The insulation in the building’s exterior walls has an increased insulation R-Value
  • Highly efficient windows throughout the building will keep the heat in and the cold out
  • LED and high efficiency fluorescent technology was incorporated to reduce the amount of energy needed for lighting, while maintaining appropriate light levels for learning
  • The building’s cooling system exceeds efficiency standards by 7 percent
  • The building’s boilers average a 92 percent efficiency rating, 12 percent above code standards.
“Reducing energy use is a great example to set for our future generations,” said Spokane Public Schools Associate Superintendent Mark Anderson. “We are grateful to Avista for providing opportunities that allow the school district to save energy, as well as taxpayer dollars.”
Avista offers a number of energy efficiency programs to residential, commercial and industrial customers as a tool to help them reduce their energy usage and resulting costs. These tariff-based programs have been offered for over three decades because it generally costs less to help customers reduce their usage through energy efficiency programs than to acquire additional, more costly energy resources.
 
“It’s always easier to invest in energy efficiency when building a new facility like Ferris High School. But more often, we’re retrofitting an existing building. Whatever the situation, we’re always willing to look for ways to improve energy efficiency. And we look forward to helping Spokane Public Schools continue their focus on energy efficiency,” said Ann Carey, Avista’s multi-site account executive.
 
Information on energy efficiency programs and other energy management tools for customers is available at www.avistautilities.com/savings

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