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Energy Assistance Program Offers Low-cost Solution to the Cold

  • November 20, 2014
  • Heat Smart

For immediate release:

For more information contact: Donna Montaquila, Director, Heat Smart 401.481.8107,

Energy Assistance Program Offers Low-cost Solution to the Cold

WOONSOCKET, RI – November 20, 2014 – Heat Smart, the energy assistance program that provides warm woolen blankets, weatherstripping and energy tips to low-income households, is offering their Heat Smart kits to help low-income families stay warm.

Effective immediately, community and government agencies as well as utilities can order Heat Smart kits to use in their programs and shelters or distribute to their constituents. Originally designed to help low-income families save on their heating bills, the ultra warm quality wool blankets in the Heat Smart kit are also a great solution for families who cannot afford the costs of heating their home this winter.

“Wool raises the body temperature the fastest of any material, and our quality wool blankets could mean all the difference to a family struggling with winter heat bills,” said Donna Montaquila, Director. “Ordering a supply now is the key to getting blankets distributed quickly and cost-efficiently as the temperature drops and the cost of heat rises. Utility companies can distribute them during storm outages to provide that extra level of care when their customers are relying on them the most.”

Interested organizations can order a supply by contacting Montaquila at

If the blankets in the Heat Smart kit are not exactly what assistance directors are looking for, Heat Smart’s parent company, Northwest Woolen Mills, offers other options. Their products are used in disaster relief efforts around the world.

“Their wool experts make a 70% wool blend utility blanket ideal for emergencies in the coldest climates. Northwest can arrange expedited delivery of large quantities direct from the mill,” Montaquila said.

More information can be found at

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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