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HEAT SMART BLOG

Gobble ’til you wobble!

  • November 16, 2017
  • Heat Smart

It’s that time of year again…To dust off the pumpkin pie recipe, debate the merits of stuffed versus unstuffed turkey, and squeeze 18 relatives at a table built for 12.

We love it all, and at Heat Smart we’re thankful for so much. We’re thankful to Northwest Woolen Mills for making our high quality, cost-efficient blankets and our innovative kit.  We’re thankful for all those who took a leap of faith with us back in 2005 when we launched. We’re thankful for all those who participated in our studies and helped us prove thermostat setbacks and Heat Smart Kits work.

But we’re especially grateful for all the community partners we work with as we try to ensure everyone stays warm this winter. Because while we are thankful to be gathering in a big, warm house, there are too many who will be shivering.

In 2015, an estimated 6.0 million households received heating assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), just a fraction of the estimated 10-15 million U.S. homes who need it. This large and growing unmet need, combined with shrinking LIHEAP dollars, requires innovative action. We’re ready – are you?

We need to team up with even more community partners to get Heat Smart Kits in the hands of families and veterans who need them to empower behavior change and save an average $200 on their heating bill. Are you our next partner?  Think about it over the Thanksgiving break, then contact us. We’ll be happy to tailor a program that works for your community and meets your goals.

Warmest wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

Proven Approach Can Help You

  • November 7, 2017
  • Heat Smart

Why Buy Heat Smart Kits?

  1. They are a proven, low-cost, easy-to-use tool to change energy consumption habits.
  2. They help low-income families save money on their heat bill while staying warm.
  3. And when the phrase “heat assistance” is in your job wheelhouse, they help you stretch your budget and meet your organizational goals.

How do we know it works? We tested the thermostat setback idea in two case studies. In the first study, 91.7% of participants reported achieving energy savings by using our tools. In the second study, that jumped to 98.8%.

See all the bottom line results in our Infographic, free to download here.

Click here to email us to set up a custom program that will help your constituents save energy and stretch your assistance budget!

 

Successful energy behavior change starts with Heat Smart

  • October 12, 2017
  • Heat Smart

You’ve heard us quote the DOE before: a household can save up to ten percent each year on energy bills by turning thermostats down seven to ten degrees at night. But then how do households which lack adequate bedding manage to stay warm? And how do we empower behavior change within people in the habit of turning the heat up every night?

Heat Smart rose to the challenge with our cost-effective Heat Smart Kits.. We believe heat doesn’t have to come from oil, gas or electricity, and we believe energy savings doesn’t have to come in the form of expensive technology.

We set out to demonstrate how we could change energy-use behavior through two studies. We found more people turned the heat down by more degrees, more often. They stayed warm and saved energy too.

The bottom-line feedback was very exciting to us:

  • In the first study, 91.7% of survey respondents reported saving on their energy bills.
  • In the second study, 98.8% of respondents reported saving on their energy bills.

That’s just a taste of the studies. We put all our findings together in a Case Study Report so you can see why wool works better, how we partnered with community agencies, what the participating families said, how other setback studies found the same results, and even how our program could impact different climates.

Please download your free copy of Studies Verify Approach to Energy Behavior Change today.

Our study showed Heat Smart’s approach can reduce energy demand, enable cost-effective heat assistance programs, and deliver more easily-achieved outreach goals. If those results sound like something you’d like to be a part of, contact us!

Coming in from the cold, together

  • August 11, 2017
  • Heat Smart

It’s a cold, cold world out there, and we’re working with some great partners to make it a bit warmer.

Heat Smart recently made a connection with Rebuilding Together, and right now we’re working with them on a project in Chicago, set to launch this October. As you may know, Rebuilding Together is a nonprofit that brings volunteers and communities together to help low-income homeowners whose homes have fallen into disrepair.

We’re also once again working with veterans and National Grid’s Customer Care Outreach Team to benefit returning veterans. This year we’ll be dovetailing with Veteran Service Organization Stand Down events at six locations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York. Our partnership last year with Veterans Inc. helped raise funds for nearly 800 kits (see Nov 2016 blog for details).

More immediately, we’re hitting the road to make even more connections. Our President, Donna Montaquila, will be at AESP Summer Conference in Toronto from August 29-31, while Jim Lawlor, our ombudsman, will be at the Community Action Partnership’s Annual Convention in Philadelphia, also August 29-31. If you’re attending either show, be sure to stop by and see us. Or email and we’ll set up a convenient time to meet.

The more we work together, the more we can help America’s heat insecure. Remember as you set your budget for 2018, Heat Smart can help you achieve your outreach goals, cost-effectively. We have already helped over 500,000 people by partnering with utilities, CAP programs, government heat assistance programs, non-profits and tribe welfare programs to assist in executing their missions.

Do you have a project we can help you with? Call us!