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Heat Smart Expanding Tribal Partnerships

  • February 18, 2015
  • Heat Smart

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For more information contact: Donna Montaquila, Executive Director, Heat Smart 401.481.8107, donna@northwestwoolen.com

Heat Smart Expanding Tribal Partnerships

WOONSOCKET, RI – February 18, 2015 – In an effort to reach ever more low-income families with their energy-saving program, Heat Smart is participating in the Reservation Economic Summit hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in March. To be held in Las Vegas, the conference offers unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials and top CEOs on both a regional and national platform. This major event draws thousands of participants and provides an opportunity to network as well as showcase products and services to Native American businesses around the country.

“The best way we can help tribes is by introducing them to our low-cost program that helps low income families keep warm while helping them save on their energy bill,” said Donna Montaquila, Executive Director of the national energy efficiency program. “Our program might also help tribes qualify for federal heat assistance dollars.”

Heat Smart has already brought their program to Alaskan tribes and helped thousands of families. Working with the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority and the Central Council Tlingit-Haida Regional Indian Tribes in 2013, they shipped 5000 wool blankets to help keep low-income tribal members in remote locations warm through tough winters.

In addition to the blankets, the Heat Smart kit includes weatherstripping and energy saving tips to create a three-pronged approach of warmth, conservaiton and education. They work with community assistance programs, utilities and government agencies across the country to distribute kits to low income families, and hope to introduce more tribes to their program at RES. Using Heat Smart Kits can also help tribes meet their community outreach goals.

“I’m also looking forward to hearing from Department of Energy program leaders at the Energy Forum on Wednesday afternoon,” Montaquila said. “Tribes face challenges when trying to compete for federal programs and keeping up with reporting requirements. With all of us working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of low-income families. Heat Smart can be a big part of the solution and RES is the perfect place to bring all stakeholders together.”

Typically, low income households without adequate bedding had a choice of either shivering all night or turning the heat up. With Heat Smart blankets, they can stay warm and comfortable while still saving on their energy bill. Turning the heat down by just seven to eight degrees can take ten percent off a heating bill, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) statistics.

 

About Heat Smart

Headquartered in Woonsocket, RI, Heat Smart’s mission is to distribute quality, low-cost blankets, weatherstripping and educational materials to low income households in an effort to help them save money and reduce overall energy use. Their energy efficiency program has already made a big difference to over 500,000 households in 25 states. They are committed to fostering and developing additional successful partnerships with local Community Action Programs and Energy/Utility companies across the country as a cost-effective and efficient channel to distribute Heat Smart kits. More information can be found at: www.heatsmart.net.

Heat Smart Applauds AESP Anniversary Celebration

  • February 2, 2015
  • Heat Smart

For immediate release

For more information contact: Donna Montaquila, Executive Director, Heat Smart 401.481.8107, donna@northwestwoolen.com

Heat Smart Applauds AESP Anniversary Celebration

WOONSOCKET, RI – February 2, 2014 – Heat Smart will be joining The Association of Energy Professionals (AESP) at their 2015 National Conference & Expo in February to help celebrate the industry icon’s 25th anniversary. The conference features a unique gathering of energy industry thought leaders; and exhibitors in the Expo Hall will display the latest technologies and trends in energy efficiency.

“We’re excited to help them celebrate. As a long-term member, we always look forward to this Expo for thought-provoking sessions and great idea sharing,” said Donna Montaquila, Executive Director of the national energy efficiency program.

As an exhibitor, Heat Smart will be sharing ideas as well, giving utilities, community agencies and energy programs actionable strategies and proven approaches that can deliver measurable results. Heat Smart focuses on residential heat energy savings, partnering with other organizations to help low-income families reduce heat demand and save energy.

A key Heat Smart goal is behavior change to achieve sustained energy savings; attained by giving families the tools they need to stay warm while turning the heat down. At the Expo, they will have samples of the kits they distribute with their partners to low-income families.

“I’m really looking forward to exchanging ideas at the new ‘Behavior Change and Energy Efficiency Programs’ pre-conference training course,” Montaquila said. “Heat Smart can really help a lot of utilities and agencies on this front.”

Also at this conference, the industry as a whole will be looking back on past programs to apply lessons learned to future plans.

“We feel confident Heat Smart is a clear part of the future as we anticipate the real-world impact of energy change on everyday people. We’re especially excited that on this silver anniversary, we’re working to save families some serious silver – an average of $200 per year, adding up to thousands over the life of a $12 investment,” Montaquila explained.

Heat Smart will be on the Expo floor in booth # 604. More information about the conference can be found at aesp.org/events.

About Heat Smart

Headquartered in Woonsocket, RI, Heat Smart’s mission is to distribute quality, low-cost blankets, weatherstripping and educational materials to low income households in an effort to help them save money and reduce overall energy use. Their energy efficiency program has already made a big difference to over 500,000 households in 25 states. They are committed to fostering and developing additional successful partnerships with local Community Action Programs and Energy/Utility companies across the country as a cost-effective and efficient channel to distribute Heat Smart kits. More information can be found at: www.heatsmart.net.

 

Happy Silver Anniversary AESP!

  • January 7, 2015
  • Heat Smart

The Association of Energy Professionals (AESP) turns 25 this year and we’re excited to help them celebrate at their 2015 National Conference & Expo in February. As a long-term member, we always look forward to this Expo for thought-provoking sessions and great idea sharing.

Heat Smart Expands to Chicago

  • January 7, 2015
  • Heat Smart

For immediate release

For more information contact: Donna Montaquila, Executive Director, Heat Smart 401.481.8107, donna@northwestwoolen.com

Heat Smart Expands to Chicago

WOONSOCKET, RI – January 7, 2015 – Heat Smart, a national energy efficiency program headquartered in Rhode Island, announced today they’ll be participating in the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance 2015 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference in Chicago January on 28-30.

The conference gathers energy stakeholders and is geared to reinforce the importance of energy efficiency in the Midwest while capitalizing on shared opportunities. As an energy efficiency program, Heat Smart offers an opportunity for utility stakeholders to meet federal mandates and spend assistance program resources cost-effectively.

“We’re eager to participate and really looking forward to getting the word out about our program,” said Donna Montaquila, Executive Director. “We have some exciting news to share about our pilot program and we hope more utilities will consider partnering with us to help keep low income families warm.”

The pilot program lasts through the winter and is being run in conjunction with Duke Energy,  the North Carolina Community Action Association, and I-Care, a community action agency in Statesville, NC. Heat Smart Kits were distributed to a group of North Carolina low income families to give them the tools they need to stay warm and encourage lower thermostat settings at the same time. The kits include a quality wool blend blanket, weatherstripping, and energy savings tips, a three-pronged approach of warmth, conservation, and education that has shown success in its initial rollout.

The hoped-for result is reduced energy demand and a lower heating bill – an average of $200 annually. Duke and Heat Smart will be compiling energy and dollar savings results at the end of the winter. The U.S. Energy Information Agency estimates turning the heat down by just seven to eight degrees can take ten percent off an annual heating bill.

“We’re also aiming to change behavior to achieve sustained energy savings,” Montaquila explained. “It’s an initiative that I think a lot of utility programs could really get behind to help boost their own community programs.”

Heat Smart will be on the conference floor in booth # __x__. More information about the conference can be found at mwalliance.org/conference.

About Heat Smart

Headquartered in Woonsocket, RI, Heat Smart’s mission is to distribute quality, low-cost blankets, weatherstripping and educational materials to low income households in an effort to help them save money and reduce overall energy use. They are committed to fostering and developing additional successful partnerships with local Community Action Programs and Energy/Utility companies across the country as a cost-effective and efficient channel to distribute Heat Smart kits.

 

 

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