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Avista electric customers to receive free lighting efficiency kit
Program helps customers reduce their energy use with compact fluorescent light bulbs

Aug. 10, 2011: Avista’s customers will find energy savings in their mailbox this summer and fall as the company distributes up to 350,000 lighting efficiency kits to its residential electric customers in Washington and Idaho. Each kit includes eight compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s), 14 reminder stickers for use on light switches, energy efficiency tips and recycling information.
 
Customers began receiving the kits in late July, and Avista expects all kits to be to customers by the end of November. About 4,000 kits are being mailed daily through the United States Postal Service.
 
CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy than an incandescent bulb and last seven times longer, making them a good choice for reducing home energy use.
 
If installed, the eight CFLs could save a Washington residential customer $93 over the seven year life of the bulbs and Idaho residential customers could save $104. Overall, the lighting efficiency kits are expected to save almost 90 million kilowatt-hours in the first year of use. That is equal to the electricity used by almost 7,500 homes in a year.
 
“This program is not only cost effective for our customers, but it helps create awareness about energy conservation,” said Chris Drake, Avista’s lead demand side program manager. “Making the switch to CFLs is a simple step that can put customers on the road to energy savings.”
 
The lighting kits are one of many energy efficiency tools and programs designed by Avista to help all customers manage their energy use, while helping the company meet the conservation requirements of the Energy Independence Act. The Act requires electric utilities in Washington state serving 25,000 or more customers to achieve established energy savings targets through efficiency measures.
 
As one of the greenest utilities in the United States with one of the smallest carbon footprints, Avista has a legacy of promoting energy efficiency. For more information on Avista’s suite of energy efficiency programs including home energy audits, residential rebates, business rebates and energy saving tips, visit www.everylittlebit.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 our operating division that provides electric service to 358,000 customers and natural gas to 319,000 customers.  Our service territory 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's primary, non-utility subsidiary is Advantage IQ.  Our 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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