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Avista helps Spokane Public Schools save energy and dollars
Energy efficiency upgrades at district facilities qualify for rebates through popular Avista program

Feb. 22, 2012: Energy efficiency improvements made by Spokane Public Schools (SPS) to district schools and facilities have qualified for about $429,000 in energy efficiency rebates and incentives from Avista. The measures are expected to save SPS approximately $207,000 in annual energy costs through the efficiency improvements made at 10 schools and the district warehouse in 2011.
 
By installing high-efficiency boilers, water heaters, insulation, lighting, qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances and other measures as part of remodeling projects, SPS will reduce their annual energy demand by 1.4 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 138,000 therms. That’s enough energy savings to power 116 homes and provide natural gas service to 187 homes for a year.
 
“Reducing energy use is a great example to set for our future generations. By upgrading our facilities, we are creating a better learning environment 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. 
 
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 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.
 
Information on Avista’s range of energy efficiency programs and other energy management tools for residential, commercial and industrial customers is available at www.everylittlebit.com.
 
About Avista Utilities
Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 358,000 customers and natural gas to 317,000 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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