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Avista and Spokane Public Schools partner for energy savings
Focus on energy efficiency helps upgrades at district facilities qualify for rebates through popular Avista program

Feb. 26, 2013: Spokane Public Schools (SPS) gets an A+ in energy savings for efficiency improvements made to district schools and facilities in 2012. The improvements have qualified for $300,000 in energy efficiency rebates and incentives from Avista and are expected to save SPS approximately $125,000 annually in energy costs.
 
Since 2005, the school district has received $2.3 million in energy efficiency incentives. By partnering with Avista on over 200 energy efficiency projects during that time, Spokane Public Schools has been able to save over $800,000 in annual energy costs.
 
Projects completed in 2012 included new energy efficient lighting at 19 elementary schools, ENERGY STAR appliances, modernizations at three elementary schools and construction of a new Westview Elementary School. Combined, these projects are expected to annually save enough energy to power 100 homes for a year and provide natural gas to 60 homes. That’s over 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and more than 53,000 therms saved.
 
“Energy efficiency is a sustainable way for school districts to manage their costs while creating a more comfortable learning environment for students,” said Ann Carey, Avista’s multi-site account executive. “Spokane Public Schools has made a strong and sustained commitment to energy efficiency, and we look forward to helping them continue that focus in the future.”
 
Like SPS, residential, commercial and industrial customers can take advantage of energy efficiency rebates and incentives offered by Avista as a way to help reduce their energy use and resulting costs. The programs are available because generally it costs less to help customers reduce their usage through energy efficiency programs than to acquire additional, more costly energy resources.
 
“Reducing energy use is a great example to set for our future generations. By upgrading our facilities, we are creating better learning environments for our students and teaching them to be stewards of energy efficiency. We are grateful to Avista for providing opportunities that allow the school district to save energy, as well as taxpayer dollars,” said Spokane Public Schools Associate Superintendent Dr. Mark Anderson. 
 
By taking advantage of the energy efficiency programs offered by Avista, SPS has saved enough energy from 2005-2012 to power over 700 homes for a year and provide natural gas to 375 homes.
 
Information on energy efficiency programs and other energy management tools for customers is available at www.avistautilities.com.
 
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