Energy audits and workshops are back on the table

Leader staff

With COVID-19 restrictions being eased up a bit, the Keepers of the Athabasca energy audits and workshops are back, with COVID-19 protocols. The audits are available through October and the energy workshop complete with lunch will be at the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre on September 3 from noon to three p.m.

Slave Lake is one of four Friendship Centres where this will be held, says Jule Asterisk of Keepers. There were originally six, but Edson doesn’t have a place to meet because it can’t have bingo and Fort McMurray is still cleaning up from the flooding.

A July media release says, that free energy audits are available until October for First Nations, Métis Settlements, non-profit organizations, local businesses, municipalities, schools, and individuals in northern Alberta. These include a free energy audit of the building and a workshop on energy use.

This includes: energy efficiency options specific to the business or operation (no cost, low cost, and funded options); sources of funding for efficiency products, upgrades, and/or renewable energy; and ways to track energy changes, cost savings, and emissions reduction.

The workshop is part of Keepers’ Flowing into Right Relationship workshop series.

The media release says, “initiated in 2017, Keepers of the Athabasca’s Flowing into Right Relationship workshop series invites participants to learn more about our natural and cultural history and plan better ways to move forward together. We have energy efficiency tools and suggestions to help you save money and emissions!

“Our “Where’s My Power?” workshop includes information on the different forms of energy and their effects around us, the importance of being aware of personal energy use, energy efficiency, climate change, emergency preparedness, true cost accounting principles, energy audit tools for your home, school, business, church, or other facility, and sharing Indigenous perspectives on energy.

“It is our (Keepers’) goal to bring people together and to speak truthfully about the challenges our great river (the Athabasca River) and peoples face when we reach for truth, reconciliation and healing the water, land and people.”

Keepers’ energy efficiency expert Paul Belanger and High Prairie Native Friendship Centre Program Manager Brad Cunningham discuss saving money and emissions inside the Eagles’ Nest Cultural Centre (June 2020).

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