Photography Credit: Barry Bernard, Eskasoni
In 2017, we collaborated with the Province of Nova Scotia, housing managers, and community stakeholders to determine how to deliver energy efficiency services, tailored to band-owned homes.
The Mi’kmaw Home Energy Efficiency Project (MHEEP) launched in 2018 and offers no-cost upgrades to improve comfort and reduce energy waste.
Together, we will continue to build greener communities through clean energy that is sustainable now and for future generations.
A home energy assessment determines which upgrades are needed for a home to optimize energy efficiency.
Our commitment is to hire community-preferred contractors for installation, whenever possible. These are qualified contractors that have worked within–or are from–the community, recommended by housing managers.
80% of contract work is completed by community-preferred contractors.
Energy efficient upgrades through MHEEP can reduce a home’s energy waste by an average of 50%. To date, we’ve completed upgrades to over 400 band-owned homes in all 13 communities–with a goal of completing 1,000 more by 2023.
“They did a good job, with both parties that worked with me at my home. They asked questions and ensured that I understood the workings of my new heat pump. All-in-all, I am very satisfied with the professionalism of each crew–who left the house neat and tidy.”
-Joe Hart, Wagmatcook
In a recent survey, results showed that:
- 100% of respondents would recommend MHEEP to others
- 80% of respondents noticed a difference in their home’s comfort
Meet Al Gould.
Al lives in Eskasoni and is the owner of Al Gould’s Electrical. His company specializes in the installation of heat pumps and HRV systems and has been apart of MHEEP since the beginning. “Most of my contract work is around Unama’ki (Cape Breton), but I’ve travelled as far as Millbrook,” Al says. “It keeps me busy, but it’s good to see homes improve their comfort through these upgrades.”
This program receives funding from several sources:
• The Government of Canada
• The Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources and Renewables
• Demand Side Management funding regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, funded by Nova Scotia electricity ratepayers