An Energy Mentor is a trusted community member who is trained to support other community members who struggle with high electricity bills to complete energy saving measures that reduce energy waste and cut utility costs. Energy Mentor training empowers participants to take charge of energy efficiency initiatives and help implement community energy management plans, leading wider energy actions that will help their community achieve their energy goals.
Community Power developed specific training that provides a foundation for Energy Mentors to carry out this work. In 2017, we delivered the training to four communities including McLeod Lake Indian Band, Lhedli T’enneh First Nation, Kwadacha Nation and Tsay Keh Dene Nation. These workshops were funded by BC Hydro.
Energy Mentors lead a range of energy efficiency projects from education and engagement, to home weatherization, and installing LED lightbulbs and programmable thermostats.
Energy Mentor training topics include:
- Energy efficiency basics
- Saving energy in the home
- Home health and safety
- Reading your energy bill
- Supporting others with saving energy