“Kits for Kids" launched in April 2020 with almost 1,500 kits redeemed on the first day of the program. Each kit includes an LED nightlight and an advanced power strip. When families order their kit, they can download a free energy efficiency educational workbook to learn more ways to save energy at home. The workbook concept was developed specifically to help children exercise their minds, work on their fine motor skills (coloring, word searches, etc.), and to give them a break from the blue light of today’s digital screens.
Our 2020 goal for both energy efficiency kit programs was to reach a total of 10,000 households by the end of 2020—and reduce home energy usage by 355,000 KWh. We exceeded that goal by 176%, distributing over 27,500 kits by the end of last year, including almost 5,000 Kits for Kids.
Since the Kits for Kids program was so successful, we continue to offer it on a limited time basis during certain times of the year.
Energy Analyst Megan Lackay shares a bit more about the program.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve already accomplished as partners with SMECO,” says ICF’s regional senior director (and SMECO customer) Justin Mackovyak. For the past 10 years, his team has managed SMECO’s Residential and Commercial Energy Efficiency programs. Work that has garnered SMECO national recognition and awards, including ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s Cooperative of the Year.
But there’s a lot more to come, as the entire team has proven. “This situation—with COVID-19—is hopefully unique,” Justin continues. “Fortunately, we at ICF have the right tools to help our clients not just make the most of it, but to bring something positive from it.”
And that’s ICF’s values at work.