First Nations Home EnergySave
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. Take a look at the program and other energy initiatives underway!
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED JUNE 1-20!
First Nations Home EnergySave Learning Grants
The First Nations Home EnergySave (FNHES) Learning Grant Program is an initiative aimed at building the capacity of Indigenous individuals to advance energy
Each student can receive up to $1,000 in funding to support energy efficiency-focused learning opportunities.
Learn more: Program web page | Brochure
CHECK OUT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES!
Energy Efficiency Mentorship
Do you have an interest in training on energy-efficient housing? Check out the 2023 Energy Efficiency Mentorship Program! It’s a good fit for both Indigenous building specialists ready to extend their skills and those newer to the housing field.
About First Nations Home EnergySave
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.
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:
Tom Welfare, Fraser Basin Council
Thanks to the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, Real Estate Foundation of BC, BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) for supporting the First Nations Home EnergySave initiative.
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Funding for Energy Efficiency
Is your community seeking funding for home energy efficiency projects? An online database is at your fingertips!
Check out the BC Community Climate Funding Guide for Indigenous communities & local governments, a project of Clean BC.
The Uchucklesaht Tribe Government has worked on several interrelated projects to increase energy efficiency and housing quality, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Read about it! |
Ask an Energy Specialist
Ask an Energy Specialist is a program to support First Nations communities in BC that are interested in improving housing energy efficiency while in the early stages of project planning or implementation. Your community can access free guidance (3-12 hours) from an energy consultant to help get your energy efficiency work underway.
Ready to learn more? Contact Tom Welfare at the Fraser Basin Council. E: | T: 236-333-4467
Webinar recordings available
Thanks to all who joined us for our most recent FNHES webinars!
If you missed these, the recordings are available on YouTube. Check out the FNHES playlist!