Do you have a budding artist in your household?
If you do they could help to win an amazing prize for their primary school – who would your child’s school like a £50,000 energy makeover?
If like many schools in our area, they are set in old buildings which certainly aren’t energy-efficient and the cost of heating these big buildings can be rather high, and of course as much as the school would like to address this problem it’s unlikely there is an available budget to do so – but just imagine what they could do with the money they could save every year!
This is where you could help – or your child can.
What do they need to do?
The British Gas Generation Green competition is for school pupils aged 7-11 across England, Wales and Scotland to win an energy makeover for their school worth up to £50,000, as well as some great prizes for the budding young artists.
To get involved pupils have to design a comic strip of British Gas mascot, Wilbur, showing the best ways to save energy around the home using smart meters.
The winning comic strip will be chosen by three judges, including Nigel Parkinson, artist at the world famous comic, The Beano.
How to enter: Key points
- This competition is open to all school pupils aged 7-11 across England, Wales and Scotland
- Pupils can win an energy makeover for their school worth up to £50,000 as well as some great prizes for budding young artists
- To get involved pupils have to design a comic strip of British Gas mascot, Wilbur, showing the best ways to save energy around the home using smart meters.
- The winning comic strip will be chosen by three judges, including Nigel Parkinson, artist at the world famous comic, The Beano.
- Schools can register for the competition by visiting www.generationgreen.co.uk. Entries will be accepted by post and email. (Full terms and conditions are available via the website.)
How will the winner be chosen?
- One design from each of the 11 competition regions across the UK will be shortlisted and will go through to the national final.
In the final, one child’s drawing will win their school an energy makeover worth up to £50,000, and for themselves, a trip to London to visit to the Science Museum (with 2 adults and another child), and an iPad.
Two runners-up will see their school awarded energy-saving technology worth up to £25,000, as well as other prizes.
11 regional winners will win Einstein + a tablet for their school, an iPad for the child and a Wilbur toy.
The 11 competition regions are:
- East of England
- East Midlands
- North East
- North West
- South East
- South West
- West Midlands
- Yorkshire and the Humber
The competition is part of the British Gas Generation Green schools programme, which inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community.
The British Gas Generation Green programme has invested £18 million in installing energy-saving equipment for schools since 2010, helping to save an estimated 13,000 tonnes of CO
Since the programme launched, 375,000 children have learnt about energy thanks to specially created lesson plans, games and videos.
About smart meters
- British Gas is leading the smart meter roll-out and has installed 2.7 million smart meters in homes across Britain.
- They replace existing standard gas and electricity meters, and come with an energy monitor that displays how much gas and electricity is being used, and its cost in pounds and pence, in near-real time.
- Smart meters put an end to estimated bills, and will be introduced in homes and businesses as standard by 2020.
We had a smart meter fitting into our household only last year and it is fascinating to see just how much certain appliances actually cost to run.
It’s not something you actually think actively about until the bill hits the doormat every quarter and then you suddenly plan to turn off lights when you leave a room, and stop leaving the TV on if you nip to the local shops…..but if you are like me it never actually happens.
Now I can see the pounds rolling on the screen of the smart meter it does stop me from turning on the dishwasher half empty and I will gather up more items for the washing machine so that it runs full each time – only little steps but ones I can see making a difference. My bills have certainly decreased since it was installed.
Your children have lots of time to get their cogs whirling and to come up with their comic strip, and of course to get all their school friends on board too –
The competition deadline is 5PM on Thursday 12th January 2017.
Terms and conditions for the competition can be found at www.generationgreen.co.uk/competition-terms-and-conditions
Good Luck – I have passed this information over to Emmy’s school so they can enter and I hope you all do too.
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