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Bryn Deri Primary School unveils results of £100k energy makeover

Winning pupils of British Gas Generation Green Energy Makeover competition meet local MP Kevin Brennan and AM Mark Drakeford to reveal the results of a £100k British Gas Energy Makeover, won earlier this year.

Pupils at Bryn Deri Primary School in Cardiff, met with local MP Kevin Brennan and AM Mark Drakeford today to reveal the results of a £100,000 British Gas Energy Makeover, won earlier this year.

In the spring, British Gas offered schools the chance to win an Energy Makeover worth £100k to help improve the energy performance of their school*. Bryn Deri entered the competition as it was fitting with the school aim to “act locally, think globally about our environment”. Bryn Deri wanted to give pupils a more hands on and exciting way to learn about the importance of sustainability, and teach them why it is important to look after the planet. The Energy Makeover has further enhanced the good practices already embedded by the school’s existing Eco Committee.

A range of exciting new technology has now been installed, including solar panels, LED lighting and controls, and hot water pipe insulation. A new interactive display screen, which presents live information such as energy generation from the solar panels, weather and energy saving tips is displayed to the children, teachers and parents.

The school will now expect to see a reduction in its electricity usage by 39%. Last year, the British Gas Generation Green programme invested £1 million installing energy saving equipment in schools. 2013’s winning schools saved an estimated £100,000 a year on energy bills**.

Head teacher Claire Davies said, “We are delighted to have made Bryn Deri a more energy efficient place for the children to learn. The school has now achieved the Eco-Schools Wales Green Flag award for the 3rd time and is working towards the Platinum Award. The interactive display screen allows for the children to see how much energy we’re saving in a really engaging way and our new technology will be used to teach children about energy efficiency for years to come.”

Kevin Brennan MP said, “It’s fantastic to see how the energy makeover will help the children learn about energy and how it will improve the school’s energy efficiency. I welcome this type of investment and schemes such as Generation Green can make a real difference to the school. It’s great to see their energy bills will be reduced as a result.”

Mark Drakeford AM said, “It’s great to see that Bryn Deri’s energy bills will be reduced as a result of the Energy Makeover. I hope that the children take these messages about saving energy back home, and into the community.”

Abi Robins, Director of Corporate Responsibility at British Gas, said, “We’re glad the children and teachers love their new energy saving technology and they enjoy learning about the benefits of being energy efficient. The investment will provide a lasting legacy of energy and carbon savings to the school for the next generation of young people.”

For more information about the British Gas Generation Green and to register for free-of-charge learning resources, please visit: www.generationgreen.co.uk
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Notes to editors

For enquiries about the Generation Green Energy Performance please contact:
Sasha Fox: sasha@kaper.uk.com 0203 301 2086
Jen Harris: jen@kaper.uk.com 0203 301 2210

* British Gas partnered with the South Wales Echo to run the Energy Makeover competition.
** These are estimated expected savings, based on current school numbers.

About Generation Green
Generation Green is an education programme run by British Gas for school children, their teachers and their families. The programme provides free of charge learning resources, educational experiences and we invest millions of pounds in sustainable energy technologies for schools throughout the UK. Generation Green forms part of British Gas’ ongoing commitment to inspire curiosity in young people and help bring energy to life in a fun and innovative way, while reducing energy consumption for schools across Britain.

British Gas is the UK's leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain –nearly half the country's homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million UK businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Home Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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