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Avista energy efficiency incentives light up Palouse schools
Lighting conversion in Palouse School District buildings qualifies for energy efficiency incentives through popular Avista program

May 15, 2012: Energy efficiency lighting improvements to Palouse Elementary School and the Cooperative Garfield-Palouse High School have qualified for almost $38,000 in incentives from Avista. The energy savings from the lighting project are expected to save the Palouse School district over $10,000 per year in energy costs through reduced usage.
 
Installing new energy efficient lighting in all classrooms, offices, gymnasiums and other lighted space will save the school district over 168,000 kilowatt-hours a year. That’s enough energy to power the homes of 14 Avista customers for one year. In addition to energy and cost savings, the new efficient lighting in school facilities will enhance lighting quality for students and staff, as well as reducing maintenance costs.
 
Beverly Fox, superintendent of the Palouse School District, said the lighting upgrade was a project that had needed to be done for many years.
 
“We had been shutting off half of the hall lights in the building in an attempt to save energy. Now we have all the lights on, making the school brighter and eliminating shadows on the gym floor. The added bonus is we can immediately see an energy saving impact,” Fox said. “In a time when most of our expenditures continue to increase, this is a project that will be a long-term financial benefit to the Palouse School District.”
 
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. For over three decades Avista has offered the tariff-based programs 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 manage their energy costs,” said Ed Arnhold, Avista’s account executive for the Palouse area. “With the current commercial lighting incentive program available to customers, the cost of converting from inefficient T12 lighting to high-efficiency T8 could be covered in full by the Avista incentive.”
 
Information on Avista’s range of energy efficiency programs and other energy management tools for residential, commercial and industrial customers is available at www.avistautilities.com.
 
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