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Looking forward to sharing good news at EEI!

  • May 29, 2015
  • Heat Smart

At Heat Smart, we continue to compile results and analyze data from our winter   pilot program with Duke Energy electric heat customers. Preliminary numbers tell us our efforts to change energy-consuming behavior worked!

One metric that stands out from our post-pilot survey:

  • the number of respondents who set their thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees increased from 29% to 78%!

And that’s despite the harsh 2014-15 winter weather North Carolina experienced. If you missed our last blog post, you can see additional results here.


These results tell us two more key things. 1. The Heat Smart kit helped program participants stay warm and feel comfortable in turning the heat down 7-10 degrees overnight. 2. The kit’s education component helped families understand that by doing so, they can save an average of $150-200.

Another thing our successful pilot tells us is that Heat Smart is an effective conduit between utility companies and community programs. We’re always looking to create more partnerships across the country to help stretch energy resources, reduce demand, and save consumers money.

That’s why Donna Montaquila, Heat Smart Executive Director, is packing up and going to New Orleans for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Annual Convention June 7-10. She’s excited to meet more energy professionals and discover all EEI has to offer. While there, she’d be happy to share more pilot program details with you. If you’re going, email her to set up a time to meet. If you can’t make it to the show but would still like more detail, please email and she will send you more information

Energy burden higher for those who can least afford it. 

1 in 4 households held back by a high energy burden.

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