First Nations Home EnergySave
BC First Nations communities have some amazing home energy champions. Find out what’s being done to renew housing, conserve energy and save money.
Old Massett Village Council saw annual heating and hot water costs at the local community Adult Centre drop from $3,200 to $1,300, a 60% savings, thanks to solar installations and energy efficiency improvements. Read about it in Community Successes.
About the Program
Are you looking for ways to reduce home energy costs in your community? You’ve come to the right place.
The Fraser Basin Council is working with First Nations communities and support organizations to reduce energy use, share success stories, and build local capacity and economic development through the Home EnergySave program.
The High Cost of Heat
Families in BC First Nations communities typically face high home energy costs. By rough estimates, these costs may be overall double those of other BC families, mainly because of a legacy of poor quality reserve housing and insufficient upgrades. For people living in remote communities, where diesel power is common, the costs may be as much as triple.
Keys to Lower Energy Costs
One key to saving energy is quality home construction. Constructing new homes that meet high quality standards is the best way to prevent heat loss and other problems — and it’s a good investment.
Effective renovation is also important. There are thousands of homes in First Nations communities that need upgrades to make them safe, liveable and energy-efficient. The First Nations Home EnergySave program is here to support communities with learning opportunities.
Learn About and Share Information on Home Energy Savings!
Interested in home energy savings? Sign-up for our newsletter mailing list to find out what other communities are doing, and to receive invitations to free training and webinars under the Home EnergySave program.
If you have an energy success story to share, we’d like to hear from you.
The Fraser Basin Council is managing the Home EnergySave program. Find us here:
Jim Vanderwal, Fraser Basin Council
Eliana Chia, Fraser Basin Council
Apply Now for our One-on-One Support Program
Could your community benefit from training or mentorship support to help you begin work on a community energy plan, an energy efficiency project, or community energy objectives?
Consider the First Nations Home EnergySave 2017-2018 "One-on-One Support Program." The program offers practical support: peer mentoring, sharing of best practices, help with funding applications, and connecting communities with support organizations. It also offers up to $5,000 for community capacity-building and training.
Find more details on the online application form.
Receive news and invitations to free learning events on First Nations home energy save options.
Fraser Basin Council hosts monthly peer mentorship webinars as part of the First Nation Home EnergySave program. Video recordings of these webinars are available for replay on FBC youtube channel — watch for new videos as they come online!
Skidegate Band Council is working to become a more energy-efficient community and reduce demand on the grid by installing heat pumps in homes, with priority given to the homes of Elders. The initiative also helps cut costs for homeowners, reduce indoor noise and increase air circulation and replenishment.
Does your community have a housing action plan underway? The First Nations Home EnergySave program may be able to help support energy efficiency mentorship or staff training.
Let’s discuss your ideas. Contact us.
Thanks to Funders
Thanks to funders of BC First Nations Home EnergySave program: