Webinar Series on Home Energy Management
The Fraser Basin Council partnered with SES Consulting to deliver free Home Energy Management Training webinars as part of the First Nations Home EnergySave initiative. The webinars aimed to support energy management within First Nation communities in BC and to look at how energy conservation could improve health and comfort and manage costs.
The program explored a range of topics but focused on three main topic series:
To check out the webinar videos, visit the FBC YouTube channel.
One-on-One Support Program
Fraser Basin Council offered a One-on-One Support Program as part of its First Nations Home EnergySave initiative. The objectives of this program were to:
Participants in the One-on-One Support Program had access to advice for current energy efficiency projects, advice and support for funding applications, and connections to support organizations. In addition, the program provided up to $5,000 for community capacity building and training that participants were free to design themselves.
Snuneymuxw First Nation's Gimme Shelter & Energy Workshops
Snuneymuxw held a series of community workshops with the goal of changing attitudes on energy habits and preparing community members for home rental or home ownership.
The workshop series covered seven key topics:
In order to get higher community participation, Snuneymuxw combined the "Gimme Shelter" housing curriculum with energy-related discussions. To educate community members, they also created "Energy Tidbits" flyer: here's an example. Also read the project report.
Halalt First Nation Energy Efficiency Initiative
Halalt's Energy Efficiency Initiative aimed to build internal awareness of and capacity for energy efficiency and to prioritize energy savings retrofits for existing homes.
Project activities included a community workshop to help build awareness about energy consumption and the review of home energy assessments to provide information for prioritizing renovation projects with the greatest potential to save energy. Read the project report.
Hands-on Training on Air Sealing at Shxw'owhamel
Shxw'owhamel First Nation has a goal to ensure that local construction and maintenance personnel are knowledgeable about home energy systems and are capable of carrying out necessary energy efficiency measures.
Shxw'owhamel hosted two-day training sessions to teach about how to properly air seal existing homes and new construction. The two-day session included class sessions and hands-on training.
Read the project report.