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Spokane Public Schools Energy Efficiency

Our world today demands increasingly more energy to power what we do every day. From 1959 to 2009, the population of the United States nearly doubled, but in that time energy consumption has grown 14-fold. We know that the most cost-effective new energy comes not from building new generation, but from the energy saved through efficiency programs like those that Avista has offered customers for more than 30 years. The impact is felt in both the residential and the commercial/industrial sectors—saving energy, conserving vital resources and managing customer costs.

Spokane Public School District (SPS)—the largest school district in eastern Washington, serving approximately 29,000 students through 47 schools—knows well the value that energy efficiency brings to the bottom line. By looking through a green lens, SPS has become a model for reducing operating costs through energy efficiency. For example, the improvements incorporated into the recent remodel of district facilities, including newly renovated Rogers High School—recently named to the National Historic Registry—have qualified for over $417,000 in energy efficiency rebates and incentives from Avista. By installing such things as high-efficiency boilers, chillers, water heaters, additional roof insulation and qualifying ENERGY STAR® appliances, SPS has saved more than 5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 124,000 therms over the last five years—bringing incentive payments of more than $1.6 million to this budget-strapped school district. These are significant savings for the district and its patrons through a partnership with Avista.

“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.

Shared Value

Offering sustainable energy efficiency programs helps meet the demand for energy and provides customers the opportunity to reinvest their savings in their homes, schools, businesses and communities.