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npower brings energy saving to light for local primary school

Around 65 pupils from St. Bede’s Primary School in Newcastle have pledged to become npower’s latest Climate Cops after taking part in the energy supplier’s award-winning ‘Climate Cops Academy’.

The interactive learning day – which is part of npower’s environmental education programme, designed to help pupils learn about saving energy and climate change and help schools become more sustainable – comes after npower, in partnership with JDS Electrical Ltd, upgraded the primary school’s hall and corridor lighting, helping the school to save money on their energy bills.

Michael Scurr, Headteacher of St. Bede's said “We are very grateful for the new LED light system which emits more light while using up to 40% less energy. Not only does this help to reduce our electricity bills, but it also helps to lower our carbon footprint too.”

During the ‘Climate Cops Academy’, pupils aged between eight and 10 learned simple ways to save energy while having fun. This included generating electricity with body movement, using a thermal imaging camera to see the effects of insulation, identifying ways in which energy can be saved at home and school and, most importantly, making their pledge to help the environment.

The pupils were joined by David McDowell and Mark Scurr from Newcastle City Council, Dave Stanton, npower’s Electrical Contracts Manager and John Simmonds, Managing Director of JDS Electrical Ltd. During the session, Dave and John spent time explaining more about the LED lighting to the children.

Dave said “It was clear the children thoroughly enjoyed the academy as it brought to life climate change and saving energy in a fun and engaging way. They’ve learned lots of simple ways to save energy at school and home which can add up to make a positive difference to the environment.”

Over 8,000 children took part in Climate Cops Academy days across the UK in 2013 and the programme has now reached over 60,000 students since it began in November 2007. In the Newcastle area alone, over 65 Climate Cops Academies have taken place since 2008, supporting the council’s Enviro Schools programme.

Children can visit npower.com/climatecops for interactive games and downloadable activities while teachers can visit npower.com/education to order free Climate Cops teaching resources for 4-14 year olds, designed to help bring sustainable development, science, geography and citizenship lessons to life.

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90 Greet Primary School pupils enlightened by npower

Around 90 pupils from Greet Primary School in Birmingham have pledged to become npower’s latest Climate Cops after taking part in the energy supplier’s award-winning ‘Climate Cops Academy’.

The interactive learning day – which is part of npower’s environmental education programme, designed to help pupils learn about saving energy and climate change and help schools become more sustainable – comes after npower, in partnership with JDS Electrical Ltd, upgraded the primary school’s hall lighting, helping the school to save money on their energy bills.

Trish Ayres, Deputy Headteacher of Greet Primary School said “We are very grateful for the new LED light system in our hall which emits more light while using up to 40% less energy. Not only does this help to reduce our electricity bills, but it also helps to lower our carbon footprint too.”

During the ‘Climate Cops Academy’, pupils aged nine and 10 learned about simple ways to save energy while having fun. This included generating electricity with body movement, using a thermal imaging camera to see the effects of insulation, identifying ways in which energy can be saved at home and school and, most importantly, making their pledge to help the environment.

The pupils were joined by Dave Stanton, npower’s Electrical Contracts Manager and John Simmonds, Managing Director of JDS Electrical Ltd who explained more about the LED lighting to the children.

Dave said “It was clear the children thoroughly enjoyed the academy as it brought to life climate change and saving energy in a fun and engaging way. They’ve learned lots of simple ways to save energy at school and home which can add up to make a positive difference to the environment.”

Over 8,000 children took part in Climate Cops Academy days across the UK in 2013 and the programme has now reached over 60,000 students since it began in November 2007.

Children can visit npower.com/climatecops for interactive games and downloadable activities while teachers can visit npower.com/education to order free Climate Cops teaching resources for 4-14 year olds, designed to help bring sustainable development, science, geography and citizenship lessons to life.

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Charlie Martin
07721124580

npower Volunteers love of painting spills on to Historic Hall

The organisers of a much-loved historic hall which dates back to the 1600s have welcomed a team of npower volunteers to give it a fresh coat of paint before the busy Christmas period.

Nine npower employees from its Oldbury base took time out of their work schedules to help clean, prepare and paint the Great Hall at Haden Hill House Museum, near Halesowen.

The new décor will help the hall to look its best for an eventful, upcoming Christmas period which features carol services and card-making. Local schools will also benefit from the freshen-up, as the hall often welcomes school visits where children get to experience lessons inside the 400 year old building.

Joshua Cooper, team leader, said, “We had such a great day and it was fantastic to help out at Haden Hill. We really enjoy helping others and I personally enjoy manual work, so it was extremely rewarding to give back and see a visible improvement at the end of the day.”

In partnership with Community Service Volunteers, npower operates an extensive volunteering programme which provides opportunities for employees to share their skills and make a positive contribution to their local community.

Clare McDougall, Head of Community for npower, added “We have designed a programme that gives every employee the chance to support a charity or community group. Our employees are committed to giving back to their communities, and the fact that nearly 2000 employees – like Joshua and the team – have given their time to benefit a worthy cause this year is testament to that.”

In 2013, over 20% of npower’s employees took part in its volunteering programme. Over 1400 of those participated in a ‘team challenge’, such as the Haden Hill House Museum project, while 470 employees fundraised for npower’s partner charity Macmillan Cancer Support, and 200 supported npower’s school programme ‘Climate Cops’. For more information on how employees at npower volunteer, please click here.

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