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About the First Nations 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.

About the Program

The First Nations Home EnergySave (FNHES) program is here to support communities with learning opportunities.

Through the FNHES program, Fraser Basin Council works with First Nations communities and support organizations to reduce energy use, share success stories, and build local capacity and economic development.


Empower First Nations communities in BC to transition towards energy efficient housing.


Support peer learning and share success stories among First Nations communities to reduce home energy use and build local capacity.

Learn & 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. Please reach out to , Program Lead.

Program Funders

Thanks to the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, Real Estate Foundation of BC, BC Hydro, FortisBC, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Vancity for supporting the First Nations Home EnergySave initiative.

Contact Us

The Fraser Basin Council manages the Home EnergySave program. Don't hesitate to contact us:

Erin Pedersen, Program Lead, Climate Change


Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351

We are grateful at the Fraser Basin Council Society to live and work on the unceded ancestral
territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.