Free Energy Display Meters for schools initiative launched
of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Rt Hon Ed Balls MP,
saw the first school Energy Display Meter in action as part of a £12
million energy efficiency initiative to help schools and pupils up
and down the country to become more aware of energy use.
In a visit to Pimlico Academy in Westminster, London, the Secretary
of State spoke to pupils and teachers about how the new technology,
which gives real time information about electricity use in their
school, will help them to understand more about how simple changes
in behaviour can make a big difference to the amount of energy
consumed in their school.
The new initiative is to coincide with the publication of the Zero
Carbon Task Force final report which recommends that the use of
energy display meters and a comprehensive awareness campaign can
help change energy efficiency behaviour in schools.
All primary and secondary schools in England can apply for a free
energy display meter which will provide an accurate real-time
reading of how much electricity a school building uses which can be
displayed via the school’s computer network. This means that pupils
can see for themselves how simple actions – such as switching off
lights, computers and electrical equipment – affects the school’s
Schools account for around 2% of UK green house gas emissions, with
9.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted annually by schools in
England. The energy display meters, which are provided and installed
by British Gas, are expected to help reduce consumption by 10-15%
and it is estimated that it could save an average 900-pupil
secondary school more than £3,000 a year on fuel bills alone.
The Energy Display Meter offer is funded by the Department for
Children, Schools and Families, with Partnerships for Schools
responsible for overseeing the delivery of the project, working in
partnership with British Gas as the selected private sector partner.
The project is being supported by the British Gas Generation Green
educational programme which has created a range of learning
resources, including lessons plans, which are specifically designed
to be used alongside the ‘dashboard’ displays.
Speaking at the Pimlico Academy, the first school to sign up to the
initiative, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families,
the Rt Hon Ed Balls MP said:- “School children of today have a
real desire to become the environmental champions of the future –
and we need to harness this interest. This £12 million investment
will enable schools to lead the way on an energy revolution, helping
staff to reduce energy consumption, and helping children to have a
better understanding of the importance of their behaviour in
tackling environmental issues.”
Tim Byles, Chief Executive of Partnerships of Schools, said:-
“Display meters are a great way of tapping into the enthusiasm and
interest that young people have in the environment and energy
efficiency. In new and refurbished schools where these meters are
already in operation, we are seeing energy information actively
being used in lessons and positive changes in behaviour that will
help reduce the carbon footprint of our schools.
We’re looking forward to making this opportunity available to more
schools across the country and in so doing introduce more
environmentally sustainable behaviours, both within schools and in
the ways young people live their lives beyond the school gates.”
Kanat Emiroglu, Managing Director of British Gas Business said:-
“British Gas is committed to supporting the public sector in
meeting government targets to reduce carbon emissions and we are
proud to be at the forefront of the biggest revolution in energy
efficiency since the switch to natural gas in the home in the 1970s.
British Gas is the largest provider of advanced and smart meters to
the public and private sector. Smart and advanced metering, combined
with our Energy Services and our multi-site expertise, are already
showing how our customers can be put back in control of their energy
usage, helping them use less energy, cut carbon emissions, comply
with government legislation and save money.”
The Zero Carbon Task Force was set up in 2008 to advise on carbon
reduction measures for schools and how best to achieve this. 2 key
recommendations made by the Task Force in March 2009 were the use of
energy display meters and a comprehensive awareness campaign to help
change energy efficiency behaviour in schools.
All primary and secondary state schools in England will be eligible
to apply for a free energy display meter. Schools can find out how
to apply for a meter via the Teachernet website.
UPDATE ON HAROLD SPENCER
WE have sadly
had the following report sent from Merseyside Police who have
confirmed that the body of Harold Spencer was discovered on
Thursday, 28 January 2010, in the Leeds Liverpool Canal near to the
Linacre Lane Bridge by the Force's underwater dive team.
Investigations are on-going into the circumstances of his death. Mr
Spencer, 71 years, was last seen on Knowsley Road on Saturday, 2
January 2010. Our thoughts
go out to the family.
Police Detectives are investigating a robbery at Ladbrokes
bookmakers on Lord Street, Liverpool city centre, this morning on
Wednesday, 3 February 2010. Investigations are at an early stage,
but it would appear that one man entered the bookmakers at around
9.10am. He threatened staff with what appeared to be a black and
silver handgun and forced them to open the safe. He then left the
bookmakers on foot with a substantial amount of cash. The staff
members, a man and woman, were uninjured but have been left very
distressed by their ordeal.
Hunt is on to find Formby's Worst Forces Snorer
THE family and
friends of the noisiest snorers stationed at RAF Woodvale are being
asked to nominate their groaning comrades to represent the unit in a
bid to find the British Forces’ worst culprit and raise cash for
Help for Heroes and The Big Salute.
Helps Stop Snoring, makers of the UK’s first natural snoring remedy,
is hoping that Formby's riled regiments of spouses, siblings,
offspring and, in extreme cases, neighbours, will lead the charge,
and has pledged to donate £1 to charity for each nomination
The idea came about after the company received a letter from a
soldier desperate for a cure after waking up in his barracks each
morning surrounded by boots and other items that had been thrown
during the night by comrades desperate for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Graham Carr-Smith, of Helps Stop Snoring, said:- “Our armed
forces are on the frontline when it comes to representing the UK at
home and abroad – it’s vital they get a good night’s sleep. With 15
million of the UK population believed to be snorers, I’m sure that
quarters on land and sea are awash with night-time nuisances who are
keeping their comrades awake, and it would be great to have RAF
Woodvale represented in the search for the worst forces snorer and
help raise much needed funds for Help for Heroes and The Big Salute.
I’m extremely pleased to take this opportunity to support such
worthwhile causes as Help for Heroes and The Big Salute, who help
the brave individuals who have been wounded in Britain's current
A winner will be selected from RAF Woodvale who will receive a
complimentary pack of anti snoring product to help them and their
fellow servicemen and women enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.
This person will be put through to the national final and could be
crowned with the unenviable title of ‘British Forces’
Worst Snorer’, and invited to present the cheque to Help for Heroes
and The Big Salute on behalf of Helps Stop Snoring.
Snorers from RAF Woodvale can either put themselves forward for the
appeal, or be nominated by family or fellow servicemen and women, by
find out more.
Photographs by Craig Boon
THESE are a
few pictures of the snow flakes falling in Hesketh Park on 3
February 2010. If you get any good pictures, please do send them
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