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Comic strip competition gives pupils chance to win school energy makeover

  • Children across Britain have the chance to win an energy makeover worth up to £50,000 for their school 
  • In the Generation Green Smarter Power competition, kids are asked to design an energy-saving comic strip, showing the benefits of smart meters
  • As well as seeing their school transformed with eco-technology, the winning child will win a trip to London to visit the Science Museum, and an iPad
  • Schools can register for the competition via 

Budding young artists across Britain are being challenged to design a comic strip in a bid to win an energy makeover for their school worth up to £50,000 from British Gas. 

As part of the Generation Green Smarter Power competition, school children aged 7-11 are being asked to draw a cartoon showing British Gas mascot, Wilbur, demonstrating how to save energy with smart meters.

The winning comic strip will be chosen by three judges, including Nigel Parkinson, artist at the world famous comic, The Beano. 

The competition

The nationwide competition is now open and entries will be accepted until January 2017.
In their comic strip, schoolchildren will be asked to show how using smart meters could save energy in the home. British Gas is leading the smart meter roll-out, and the Government wants every household to be offered smart meters by 2020. 

With smart meters, people can see how much gas and electricity they are using and the cost in pounds and pence, which can help them take control of their energy use and lower their bills.
The competition aims to get children thinking creatively about how they use and save energy so they better understand the benefits of smart meters. 

Entries will be shortlisted from 11 competition regions. One design per region will go through to the national final. In the final, one child’s drawing will win their school an energy makeover worth up to £50,000, and for themselves, a trip to London to visit to the Science Museum, and an iPad. Two runners up will see their school awarded energy-saving technology worth up to £25,000 and other prizes.

Schools can register for the competition via

Nigel Parkinson said: “I can’t wait to see the kids’ entries – they always have great ideas!
“I'd really like to see comic strips telling a fun and lively energy-saving story with plenty of good humor showing how homes can benefit from smart meters.”

Abi Robins from British Gas added: “Our Smarter Power competition is a fantastic opportunity for children across Britain to get creative and show us their imaginative ideas to save energy with smart meters.

“We’re giving away a huge prize worth up to £50,000, which will transform the winning school with energy-saving technology, plus we’ll send the comic strip winner to the Science Museum, to inspire them further about technology and being ‘green’. 

“So, get your pens, pencils and crayons at the ready and draw us your best efforts. Entries are open now!”  


Notes to editors

There are 11 competition regions, they are:

  • East of England
  • East Midlands
  • London
  • North East
  • North West
  • South East
  • South West
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Schools can register for the competition by visiting Entries will be accepted by post and email.

Full terms and conditions are available via the website. 

The competition is part of the British Gas Generation Green schools programme, which inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community. 

The British Gas Generation Green programme has invested £18 million in installing energy-saving equipment for schools since 2010, helping to save an estimated 13,000 tonnes of CO2. 
Thanks to the programme, 375,000 children have learnt about energy thanks to specially created lesson plans, games and videos. 


About smart meters 

  • British Gas is leading the smart meter roll-out and has installed 2.7 million smart meters in homes across Britain. 
  • They replace existing standard gas and electricity meters and will be introduced in homes and businesses as standard by 2020.
  • They come with a smart energy monitor that displays how much gas and electricity is being used, and its cost in pounds and pence, in near-real time. 
  • That information is shared with energy suppliers automatically, putting an end to estimated bills and meter readings for customers with credit meters, who pay by Direct Debit or quarterly by cash, cheque or card. 

For more information contact:

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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