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!
Proven Approach Can Help You
- November 7, 2017
- Heat Smart
Why Buy Heat Smart Kits?
- They are a proven, low-cost, easy-to-use tool to change energy consumption habits.
- They help low-income families save money on their heat bill while staying warm.
- And when the phrase “heat assistance” is in your job wheelhouse, they help you stretch your budget and meet your organizational goals.
How do we know it works? We tested the thermostat setback idea in two case studies. In the first study, 91.7% of participants reported achieving energy savings by using our tools. In the second study, that jumped to 98.8%.
See all the bottom line results in our Infographic, free to download here.
Click here to email us to set up a custom program that will help your constituents save energy and stretch your assistance budget!
Successful energy behavior change starts with Heat Smart
- October 12, 2017
- Heat Smart
You’ve heard us quote the DOE before: a household can save up to ten percent each year on energy bills by turning thermostats down seven to ten degrees at night. But then how do households which lack adequate bedding manage to stay warm? And how do we empower behavior change within people in the habit of turning the heat up every night?
Heat Smart rose to the challenge with our cost-effective Heat Smart Kits.. We believe heat doesn’t have to come from oil, gas or electricity, and we believe energy savings doesn’t have to come in the form of expensive technology.
We set out to demonstrate how we could change energy-use behavior through two studies. We found more people turned the heat down by more degrees, more often. They stayed warm and saved energy too.
The bottom-line feedback was very exciting to us:
- In the first study, 91.7% of survey respondents reported saving on their energy bills.
- In the second study, 98.8% of respondents reported saving on their energy bills.
That’s just a taste of the studies. We put all our findings together in a Case Study Report so you can see why wool works better, how we partnered with community agencies, what the participating families said, how other setback studies found the same results, and even how our program could impact different climates.
Please download your free copy of Studies Verify Approach to Energy Behavior Change today.
Our study showed Heat Smart’s approach can reduce energy demand, enable cost-effective heat assistance programs, and deliver more easily-achieved outreach goals. If those results sound like something you’d like to be a part of, contact us!