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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.

 

 

Chicago in January? Brrr!

  • December 19, 2014
  • Heat Smart

There’s not much that can entice us to brave Chicago’s legendary winter cold. Except for MEEA’s 2015 Midwest Energy Solutions Conference January 28 – 30th. Why? Because the cold we’ll feel is nothing compared to the cold thousands of families feel every day because they can’t afford heat this winter.

Houston, we have liftoff – Launch day is here!

  • December 15, 2014
  • Heat Smart

We’ve been working hard for months on our North Carolina pilot program and we couldn’t be any more excited that it officially launches today!

34 Families to Receive Heat Assistance Through Innovative Pilot

  • December 15, 2014
  • Heat Smart

For immediate release

For more information contact: Donna Montaquila, Director, Heat Smart 401.481.8107, dmontaquila@hbrickle.com

34 Families to Receive Heat Assistance Through Innovative Pilot

WOONSOCKET, RI – December 15, 2014 – Heat Smart, a national energy efficiency program headquartered in Rhode Island, kicked off an innovative pilot program in North Carolina today. Months in development, the pilot program will help North Carolina families stay warm and reduce their heat bills at the same time. Heat Smart is an initiative of Woonsocket’s Northwest Woolen Mills, America’s largest industrial woolen blanket manufacturer, known for their ability to make quality wool blankets at a low cost for disaster relief, humanitarian efforts, military supply and more.

Working with Duke Energy, the North Carolina Community Action Association, and I-Care, Heat Smart asked 77 low income families who were Duke Energy customers to participate in the pilot. Thirty-four families or 44 percent of the target audience, in the Statesville, Mooresville, Mocksville and Salisbury areas accepted. They each received a free Heat Smart kit, which includes a warm woolen blanket for each occupied bed, weatherstripping for drafty windows and doors, and energy savings tips.

“We know that wool raises body temperature the fastest of any material,” said Donna Montaquila, Heat Smart Director. “The idea behind the kit is to help families stay warm while turning down the thermostat to save on energy. Each family pledged to turn the heat down just seven to eight degrees overnight, which can take ten percent off a heating bill, saving an average $400 per year in households nationwide. In addition, our weather-stripping reduces drafts, and our educational materials help families learn how to save energy.”

Three area Boy Scout troops helped deliver the Heat Smart kits last week, and the pilot program period runs from today through February 28, 2015.

The pilot aims to measure customer attitudes and awareness of energy savings initiatives both before and after participation in the program through behavioral surveys that Heat Smart is conducting both pre- and post-pilot. Duke Energy will measure the resulting savings in both energy use and real dollar savings through analysis and comparison of energy bills, so Heat Smart will have hard data and a strong platform on which to move forward. A control group overseen by Advanced Energy will help ensure statistical accuracy.

“As families struggle to stay warm and heat assistance dollars shrink, we feel this very cost-effective program will prove worthwhile. In the future, we are looking to partner with other utility and community organizations to expand our reach,” Montaquila said.

Once the pilot is complete and families have completed their surveys, they will also receive a $25 gift certificate for their participation.

 

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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