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Sep 08 , 2011
Post by Dan Kolbet
Photo courtesy of the Wakeman family.
While we’re not really in the habit of giving away hardhats – it turns out that one gift of a yellow safety device really meant something to a young person in the Avista service territory. The Wakeman family blogged about the experience here. Check out their blog post for the full story and a few more pictures.
This story is also a good reminder for parents out there to teach their children about how to be safe around (or simply avoid) a construction site that might pop-up someday right in front of their house during a power outage, gas leak or other maintenance work.
A thank you goes to the Wakeman’s for letting us share their blog post.
Published: 9/8/2011  1:18 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Sep 06 , 2011
Overheard at the coffee shop, “So, I got a box of CFLs from Avista, but I’m not sure why . . .”

Yep, that's a CFL box.
Here's one of the CFLs you will get in your
So far, over 86,000 electric customers in Washington and Idaho have received their lighting efficiency kits since we began sending them out in July. By installing the eight bulbs, you’ll immediately begin reducing your energy use. In fact, you’ll save $93 over the seven year life of the bulbs if you’re a Washington customer and $104 if you’re an Idaho residential customer.

So, when that box of bulbs shows up on your porch, yes it is for you! Install them.

As a leader in energy efficiency, Avista is always looking for ways to save energy while helping our customers do the same which is why we are sending out the Energy Efficiency Lighting Kits. The kit contains Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL), a cover letter, educational brochure and turn-it-off stickers. All customers will receive their kits by November 15, 2011.

“It’s a simple and convenient way to help customers lighten their energy load, while helping Avista meet our energy efficiency targets too,” notes Lead DSM Program Manager Chris Drake.

Washington voters approved I-937, also known as the Energy Independence Act of November 2006 - an initiative that requires utilities serving 25,000 or more customers to acquire both a percentage of their energy load from qualified renewable sources and achieve a defined energy savings goal. Our CFL direct-mail program will help Avista achieve some of those energy-saving targets. Given these real savings, it’s the right thing to do for all Avista electric customers.

Based on the feedback we’ve received, the program is a hit with customers. But, if you’re not ready to make the switch to CFLs yet, you can return the box of bulbs to us at no cost to you. Just go to to download a return label.

Want to know more about CFLs, visit us at or read our prior posting.
Published: 9/6/2011  4:41 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

Sep 06 , 2011
Drawdown to winter level begins on Tuesday after Labor Day
Avista is beginning its annual fall drawdown of Lake Coeur d’Alene Sept. 6. The lake will be gradually lowered approximately a foot from full pool by the end of September, and an additional 1½ feet per month thereafter until reaching its winter level. Property owners and boaters should take measures to secure docks and boats for the winter season during this period.

As part of Avista’s FERC license to operate its Spokane River Hydroelectric Project, which includes Post Falls Dam, Avista is required to maintain the level of Coeur d’Alene Lake at summer full-pool elevation of 2,128 feet from as early as practical in the spring until the Tuesday after Labor Day. (Read More).
Published: 9/6/2011  12:52 PM | 0  Comments | 0  Links to this post

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