Did you know … LIHEAP can be used for more than Energy?
- July 17, 2017
- Heat Smart
Not sure what to do with extra LIHEAP funding quickly? Good news: agencies receiving LIHEAP monies can use a portion of the funding for various energy-related projects that encourage and enable households to reduce their home energy needs, and thus the need for energy assistance.
For example, some states have used the funding to help LIHEAP households through conservation efforts such as weatherization and energy behavior modifications. Others have used it for energy reduction education through brochures and classes; as well as purchases of items that reduce energy demand such as blankets and fans. The goal for all: achieve a greater degree of energy self-sufficiency.
Because the Heat Smart Kit empowers families to take charge of their heating bill, it encompasses all those aspects and makes it a great LIHEAP project. It reduces energy dependence (and the need for future LIHEAP assistance) through a three-prong strategy:
- Warmth – quality, low-cost woolen blankets that last for decades so they can turn the heat down 7-8 degrees and save about 10% on their heating bill
- Conservation – weatherstripping to eliminate heat/cooling loss, now and in the future.
- Education – further energy tips for long-term energy savings.
Whether it’s with leftover 2017 funds, or with new 2018 funding to be released soon, Heat Smart qualifies as a LIHEAP energy-reducing project that helps our most vulnerable populations move out of energy poverty. And, we can assist you every step of the way with our flexible approach and helpful logistics.
Empowering energy behavior change with Heat Smart is a proven, cost-effective way to maximize your budget and help your constituents. And at the end of the day, that’s a warm fuzzy feeling for everyone. Contact us for more details.