Feb. 24, 2014: It’s been another successful year for Spokane Public Schools (SPS) for energy efficiency improvements that were made to district schools and facilities. The improvements that were made throughout 2013 have qualified for approximately $108,000 in energy efficiency rebates and incentives from Avista and are expected to save SPS approximately $38,000 annually in energy costs.
Since 2005, the school district has received almost $2.5 million in energy efficiency incentives as a result of an ongoing partnership between Avista and Spokane Public Schools.
Some of the projects completed during 2013 include:
· New control systems in 37 schools throughout the district that allow freezers and refrigerators to operate more efficiently. Instead of remaining at the same setting 24/7, these appliances now automatically adjust based on daily activities and needs.
· LED lighting upgrades in the gyms at 5 elementary schools, plus Shadle High School and Libby Center use less energy, require less maintenance and make it easier for the lights to be turned on and off without having to wait for the old lights to “warm up.”
· Upgraded, energy efficient LED lighting in the Lewis & Clark High School parking garage result in more evenly dispersed light, which giving staff a better sense of security.
Motion-controls on the lights increase the level of light when people are present.
· Two new boilers were installed at Glover Middle School, replacing two 55 year old boilers.
“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.
“The energy efficiency programs offered by Avista provide us with a great opportunity to assist our local schools as they achieve their energy efficiency goals and increase the sustainability of a valued community resource. It is a pleasure working with Spokane Public Schools, and we look forward to helping them continue their focus on energy efficiency,” said Ann Carey, Avista’s multi-site account executive.
By taking advantage of the energy efficiency programs offered by Avista, SPS has saved enough energy from 2005 – 2013 to power 764 homes for a year and provide natural gas to 420 homes.
Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 364,000 customers and natural gas to 321,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million. Avista Utilities is an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit www.avistautilities.com.
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