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FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011, 5:48 P.M.

Avista mailing out CFL lightbulbs to help encourage conservation

What's in the kit?Let's just see if we can give you the facts, just the facts, about the 2011 Avista Utilities compact fluorescent lightbulb program. We'll go retro and adopt the Five Ws approach:

Who:  Every one of the 350,000 residential households who are Avista power customers in Washington and Idaho. 

What: The free kit of eight compact fluorescent lights (CFL) that are being mailed to those houses. 

When: Now through November 2011.

Why:  a) Because a 2006 voter-approved law requires Avista to set target reductions in energy use, including conservation and energy reduction. CFLs help do that in a lasting way.

          b) Because Avista has been setting aside a monthly surcharge or tariff it collects on residential customers. It's about $3 per month, on average.

           That's the source for the roughly $7.5 million it's costing Avista to buy and mail the kits.

Where:  Eastern Washington and North Idaho, excluding all of Avista's business customers.

For more information, go to the Avista FAQ on the bulbs, at this link.

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.