HEAT SMART BLOG
Dynamic partnerships make the world go ‘round
- December 19, 2017
- Heat Smart
Dance partner, study partner, business partner… a good partner can make or break the success of any venture. After all, where would Bill Hewlett be without Dave Packard? Ben Cohen without Jerry Greenfield? William Procter without James Gamble? You get the idea.
Without partnerships, Heat Smart couldn’t reach as many families in need of heat assistance. As a small initiative, the magic happens when we partner with people like you to distribute Heat Smart Kits to low-income families. So as we close out 2017, we salute each and every one of our partners. Here’s to you!
Looking forward to 2018, we want to do more. We want to blanket every family that needs help with the natural warmth of wool. We’re looking forward to helping more community action agencies reach more families. We’re looking forward to giving more weatherization programs another tool for their energy-efficiency programs. And we’re looking forward to giving more nonprofit organizations an innovative fundraising idea. The Heat Smart kit is all those things and more.
So what’s in store for us in 2018? We’ll continue reaching out to community programs, veterans, tribe health & welfare committees, utilities and others to tailor a Heat Smart program to meet their unique organizational needs. We’ll keep attending industry conferences and trade shows to see what’s new and how we can help.
Let’s start the New Year with a conversation about how we can work with you to achieve your heat assistance goals, cost-effectively. We’re already working in 39 states! Get your project to the top of our list by emailing or calling us. In the meantime, we wish you and yours the very warmest of holiday seasons.
Experience the warmth of Heat Smart
- December 12, 2017
- Heat Smart
The longest night of the year, Winter Solstice, is nearly here and some of us are celebrating the promise of spring and the sun’s long slow return. But for those of us working in heat assistance, the immediate concern is very different.
The National Community Action Foundation (NCAF) says the Administration has proposed deeper cuts than those accepted by Congress in recent years, and like most of Community Action Agencies’ human services programs, LIHEAP must fit in the limited and shrinking HHS budget.
That means we’re looking at increased need and decreased budget. We’re looking at families who can’t afford to turn the heat up, but lack alternatives to keep warm. And we’re looking for solutions. We know a true solution is multi-layered, including weatherization, efficient appliances, and behavior change. Heat Smart has the answer for one part: behavior change.
Heat Smart is a proven, innovative solution and a simple idea with a huge impact: give people the tools they need to stay warm and you’ll empower them to save energy. Heat Smart is cost-efficient, it’s easy, and it’s already helped over 500,000 families across the U.S. Here’s how:
- Instant Efficiency Program: Heat Smart kits can help you reach more constituents. Backed by Northwest Woolen Mills, we manage the logistics for you. It doesn’t get any easier, start to finish.
- Cost-efficiency: at just $12 per kit you can keep more families warm and that gives your budget a cozy feeling!
- Quality: Recipients tell us they love the blankets. Choose from pretty plaids or neutral solids.
So if your job description, like ours, includes heat assistance, you owe it to yourself to check us out. We’d love a chance to make your job easier, and keep families warmer.
The secret to unlocking energy savings
- November 30, 2017
- Heat Smart
We have said Heat Smart is a great idea with huge potential since the core idea is simple – empowering people to turn down their thermostats at night to save money. Turns out we’re not the only ones who think thermostat setbacks work. Not only are setbacks the cornerstone of programmable thermostat products, many other scientific studies have reached the same conclusion based on the fundamental principles of physics.
Dr. Allison Bailes, III, Ph.D. who writes the Energy Vanguard blog, reported on a series of eight studies done for a gas utility in the northeast U.S. As you might guess, many factors influence the amount of savings, including climate, a home’s energy systems, and the building envelope. After accounting for those measures, these studies still found energy bill savings ranged from 5.0% to 8.2% – significant for any budget.
You can read more about the science in her entire post here or read the summary in our study. The non-scientific among us might prefer this blog post from This Old House on how adjusting the thermostat can save you money.
But setting the thermostat back is only the first step. People still need tools to stay warm, tools that will empower them to turn the heat down every night. That’s where Heat Smart Kits come in. Our high quality woolen blankets keep people warm while the weatherstripping stops drafts and keeps homes cozy. Our studies showed that having these tools were the game-changer. They were exactly what people needed to change behavior and get in the habit of turning the heat down, long-term. You can download our own study here.
We’re working with partners across the country such as community action agencies, health and welfare groups, utilities, and government programs to get more low-cost kits into the hands of more needy families. You could be the spark to start efforts in your community. See how easy it is here. Then contact us to start helping your constituents put an end to heat insecurity.
So now you know the secret – pass it on!
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!