Neighborhoods, Energy Savings and Spokane
- May 2, 2016
- Heat Smart
In recent decades, building technology has brought us wonderful weatherization and conservation advances such as net zero homes and closed cell foam spray insulation. It’s certainly a long way from the energy conservation movement of the 1970s when Fred Rogers advised his young viewers on the PBS hit Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood to turn down the heat and put on a sweater to stay warm. It was an easy energy-saving action with immediate benefit.
At Heat Smart, we know taking those simple actions can still make a huge impact for low-income families, such as weatherizing around windows and doors. That’s why we include a 27-foot roll of synthetic weatherstripping in each and every Heat Smart kit. It will insulate three standard windows and one door to tighten up the building envelope, eliminate drafts and retain heat.
We’re super-excited to share the Heat Smart approach at this year’s Energy OutWest (EOW) conference May 9-13 in Spokane, Washington. This is our fifth year attending and we’re proud to be a Silver sponsor. EOW is an independent organization that advances weatherization knowledge and practices as they engage the community in conversation. They also serve as a resource for the region’s low-income energy services network, helping share news and best practices to expand programs that help low-income families.
Our Heat Smart kit has already helped more than 500,000 families realize energy savings. At the same time we help assistance programs stretch their budgets and supply utility companies with a cost-efficient outreach program. The benefits are many: families stay warm while saving money, organizations reach more families, and utility companies meet federal mandates. In the spirit of Mr. Rogers, we partner with a broad coalition of community action programs, nonprofit organizations and energy professionals across the country to help neighborhoods stay warm and save energy. The DOE says turning the heat down just seven to eight degrees can reduce an energy bill by up to 10%.
Come see us at EOW in booth 4 and discover how beneficial Heat Smart can be for you while celebrating EOW’s 25th anniversary. If you like, send us an email before then and we’ll set some time to connect during the conference. Not going? Send us an email and we’ll be sure to connect with you. Hope to see you in Spokane!