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
About 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:
Eliana Chia, Fraser Basin Council
Tom Welfare, Fraser Basin Council
Thanks to all those that provide funding support for the First Nations Home EnergySave Program.
Westbank First Nation youth took the opportunity to develop skills in energy-efficient retrofitting and construction through the Residential Energy Efficiency Works (REnEW) program.
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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 up.
Mentors on Energy Efficiency
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.