About Energy Poverty
Households and communities in Alberta are struggling to afford to heat and power their homes.
In Canada, we consider families spending double the national average of the percentage of their income on energy bills to be in energy poverty.
The cost of these bills takes up a larger percentage of the income for these families resulting in less money for food, clothing and other essentials.
1 in 5 Albertan households are living in energy poverty. That is about 64,000 families in Calgary and 50,000 in Edmonton.
Typically, energy-poor households live in homes that are significantly lower in energy efficiency than average homes.
This is because they have older appliances and poor building conditions.
Properly selected energy efficiency measures have proven to be the most cost-effective and efficient solution to reduce energy bills and relieve energy poverty.
To help make energy costs more affordable for low income households, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation has partnered with Kambo Energy Group, along with a coalition of funders, to launch the Energy Poverty Reduction and Home Upgrades Program.
About the program
The Energy Poverty Reduction and Home Upgrades Program aims to help make energy costs more affordable for households experiencing energy poverty in Calgary and Edmonton.
We will achieve this through customized, equity-based education and fully subsidized energy efficiency upgrades to reduce household energy consumption.
We are targeting an average of 30% for energy consumption savings and 1.5 tonnes emissions reduction per household.
The program will make a difference for lower income Calgarians and Edmontonians experiencing energy poverty.
Those most in need will be prioritized, targeting newcomers, immigrants, Indigenous communities, and single parents.
Our program engagement approach will build off of Kambo Energy Group’s long-standing and successful program, Empower Me.
Empower Me is Canada’s only energy conservation and education change program designed for and delivered by members of diverse, multilingual, and hard to reach communities.
Building on previous work, best practice research, and program results, we will develop recommendations and program design principles for Alberta’s first province-wide program that is scalable and sustainable.
Our goal is also to build awareness through communications and research of the need in Alberta with local, provincial, and federal governments.