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Energy Poverty

Energy poverty affects approximately one million households in Canada (Ellery & Cabal Garces, 2011). Despite the propensity of the problem, few studies have examined the experiences of Canadian families living with a high energy burden. To address disproportionately high rates of energy poverty in specific Calgarian neighbourhoods, a group of community residents, social service providers and local organizations founded the Energy Poverty Initiative. The study utilized a community based participatory action research model, consisting of a variety of capacity building activities and community conversations that allowed energy poverty affected communities and residents to describe their experiences and learn about energy savings methods.