06/05/2013 12:16 EDT | Updated 08/05/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia funds energy efficiency project for Mi'kmaq communities

AFTON, NOVA SCOTIA, - The government of Nova Scotia has set aside $1 million for a program that aims to reduce energy consumption in Mi'kmaq communities across the province.

Premier Darrell Dexter and Efficiency Nova Scotia, a non-profit organization, say the money will help fund the installation of energy efficient products in Mi'kmaq households over the next year.

Energy consulting company Sustainable Housing will train community members in the province's 13 Mi'kmaq communities to make the changes.

Some of those changes include replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights, installing new kitchen and bathroom faucets and low-flow shower heads and insulating exposed water pipes.

The project is already underway at Paqtnkek First Nation in Afton, while training and installations in the other communities will take place this year.