Feb 02 , 2010
Post by Dan Kolbet
5:01 p.m. UPDATE: Join in by clicking here: http://www.khq.com/Global/category.asp?C=178855
Tonight Avista employees will be answering questions on the KHQ evening newscasts. You can call in or login to their online chat.
I'll be on the chat, and my co-workers will be handling the phones. The first broadcast is at 5:00 p.m., the next at 6 p.m.
Just like to blog, nothing is off limits and we'll do our best to get you what you need to know (even if that means a call or e-mail back later). Energy efficiency, rates, services - you name it.
Sorry for the short notice, but I hope to hear from you.
Published: 2/2/2010  4:21 PM | 1  Comment | 0  Links to this post

Feb 01 , 2010
Joe shows a customer Avista's online energy audit.
Joe walks a customer through
Avista's online energy audit.
Post by Jessie Wuerst
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My feet have stopped hurting. I got a little rest, and I now have a little perspective on Avista’s 2010 Energy Fair held last Saturday. It was great! Some 325 people of all ages and interests came through the Lair Student Center at Spokane Community College from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. They talked with Avista staff and our community partners about topics that ranged from installing energy saving door sweeps to filing for earned income tax credits. We were very pleased to partner with Community Colleges of Spokane for this first annual event. Also attending and providing valuable information were staff members from SNAP, Work Source Spokane and the CASH Coalition.

Camille shows how to help insulate drafty windows
Camille shows how to help insulate
drafty windows.
One of the biggest hits of the day was the interactive singing and dancing program from Wattson, our energy watchdog and his friend Edison. It was so fun to see the kids – their parents and a few Avista staffers – singing and dancing right along with the big dog and his pal, learning energy efficiency tips at the same time.

It warmed my heart to see a family relaxing around a table in the Lair Café, talking about the Wattson activity sheet the kids colored. Or catching bits of conversation from the older couple who discussed which lamp in their home would get the free CFL bulb they received at the fair.

A little excitement was in the air at least once an hour, when door prize winners were announced. And a lot of excitement followed the announcement of the two grand prize winners. Avista House Warming certificates, cozy blankets, and other energy-saving goodies were the coveted prizes.

All in all, I thought the fair was a wonderful success. Attendees told us the information was very helpful and they appreciated the free samples they received after each demonstration. We learned some things that will make it even better next year and we’re looking forward to it.
Published: 2/1/2010  9:40 AM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

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