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.