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Watford eco-school powers ahead thanks to energy-saving makeover

  • Laurance Haines Primary School won a £50,000 energy makeover in British Gas’ Generation Green competition 
  • Since receiving energy-saving technology, the school is saving money on its fuel bills and is inspiring pupils to be ‘green’
  • Watford MP Richard Harrington met pupils and staff last Friday (10th June) to see the impact of the work  


Laurance Haines Primary School has been transformed after receiving state-of-the-art energy-saving technology. 

After winning the prize in 2014, British Gas installed solar panels to the school’s roof, insulated heating pipes and valves to make them more energy efficient, and provided an interactive monitor which displays real-time information about the school’s energy use.

These improvements are expected to cut the school’s energy bills by £1,500 a year; reducing its electricity consumption by 10% and gas use by 3%. 

As Laurance Haines is generating its own electricity thanks to the solar panels, it will also earn money from a Feed-in-Tariff.

To mark these achievements, British Gas invited Watford’s MP, Richard Harrington to the school to see first-hand the impact of the work.

Mr Harrington toured the school’s site and met pupils who have become inspired about saving energy in the classroom and at home too. 

He said: “It was great to see how the kids have really got stuck into thinking about how to reduce their energy use and save money. They’re forming good attitudes that will stick with them as they grow up.”

James Roach, Head Teacher at Laurance Haines, added: “We were delighted to win this award and have very much appreciated the work British Gas has completed for us. 

“Our school is now much more energy efficient. As well as reducing bills, which means increased spending on learning resources, it has also provided our children with onsite energy management learning opportunities.  This project has truly inspired our children to become generation green.”

For more information about Generation Green and to register for free-of-charge learning resources, please visit:


Notes to editors

Photo caption:

  • Image 1: Richard Harrington MP with pupils outside the boiler room which has been fitted with insulation around the heating pipes and valves.
  • Image 2: Richard Harrington MP is shown the interactive monitor which displays the school’s energy consumption in real-time.  
  • Laurance Haines Primary School was chosen as a winner of the 2014 Generation Green competition, after it presented its energy-saving ideas to a panel of judges. 
  • The energy makeover was installed last summer.
  • British Gas’ Generation Green schools’ programme inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community. 
  • British Gas has invested £2.6 million installing energy-saving equipment for schools through Generation Green during the last two years, helping to save an estimated 750 tonnes of CO2. 

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Simon Feldman

British Gas is Britain’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 British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at

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