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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


About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

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

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

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

T: 604 488-5350