Energy Audit and LED Implementation

All communities in Nunavut depend on diesel fuel for electricity generation and heating. This diesel can only be brought in by sea lift once a year, and enough must be stored to last the community for an entire year. This dependency creates many challenges, and communities are shackled by the huge costs of electricity and heat. Thus, the return period for energy efficiency projects is often on the scale of 1–2 years (where it might be 7–10 years, or more, in the provinces). Also, every dollar that the Hamlet saves on energy (currently 10% of the Hamlet’s total budget) is a dollar that they can redirect toward enhanced social or youth programs in the community, yielding a double benefit. The community has noticed immediate benefits from implementing energy efficient measures and our Fellows were be able to see these through to implementation at the end of their summer. This project could identified available options for energy saving opportunities, performed cost-benefit analyses, carried out energy audits on Hamlet buildings, explored options for alternative energy sources (e.g., wind, solar), and designed and implemented LED lighting systems