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Aboriginal communities—apply now for 2014 saveONenergy program


January 29, 2014
By Alyssa Dalton

January 29, 2014 – Applications are now being accepted for the second year of the saveONenergy Aboriginal Conservation Program, as announced today by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and First Nations Engineering Services.

The program provides customized electricity conservation services designed to help First Nation communities, including remote and northern communities, reduce their electricity use in residential housing, institutional and commercial buildings.

In the first year of the program, 12 First Nation communities, including two remote communities, were selected to implement conservation measures to meet their energy needs.

“The first year of the program has gone very well,” said Colin Andersen, OPA CEO. “We hope First Nation communities across the province will take the opportunity to apply for the second year of the program, as we continue to work closely with First Nations and Métis communities on conservation and energy efficiency.”

Sixteen communities will be selected to participate from the applications received. Applications will be accepted until February 26, 2014.

Residents in participating communities will have an opportunity to work with a certified energy auditor, who will recommend electricity-saving measures based on an assessment of their homes. These measures could include:

• Energy Star CFL light bulbs
• smart power bars
• hot water tank wrap and pipe insulation
• efficient showerheads and faucet aerators
• block heater timers, programmable thermostats
• attic, wall and/or basement insulation

“The Aboriginal Conservation Program has provided our community members with knowledge and tools for efficient energy consumption in our homes,” said Bertha K. Sutherland, associate executive director, Moose Cree First Nation. “It has also created awareness on how to save on energy costs as well as contribute to the protection of our environment.”

Eligible businesses and facilities can receive assessments for their lighting and water-heating systems as part of the program, up to $1500 in energy-efficient lighting and equipment upgrades, and gain access to further incentives.