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11 Finalists in Running to Win an Energy Makeover for their School

  • More than 4,000 children across Britain entered a Generation Green competition to win an energy makeover worth up to £50,000 for their school
  • In the Smarter Power competition, children were asked to design an energy-saving comic strip, showing the benefits of smart meters
  • 11 finalists have been selected and are now in the running to see their school transformed with eco-technology
    Judges include an artist from world famous comic, The Beano

School pupils across Britain are celebrating after being named as finalists in the British Gas Generation Green competition.

The 11 finalists are in with the chance to win an energy makeover worth up to £50,000 for their school, after their comic strips have been shortlisted from hundreds of entries across the competition regions. Two runners up could win energy makeovers worth £25,000. 

Each finalist has already won an iPad, a toy Wilbur and an Einstein tablet for their school. 

 More than 4,000 budding young artists from 123 schools across Britain entered the Generation Green Smarter Power competition.

School children aged 7-11 were asked to draw a cartoon showing British Gas mascot, Wilbur, and how smart meters can help them save energy.

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 to take control of their energy use. They also put an end to estimated bills.  

The Smarter Power Competition

The competition aims to get children thinking creatively about how they use and save energy so they better understand the benefits of smart meters. 

The winning comic strip will be chosen by a panel of judges who have shortlisted the entries, including Nigel Parkinson, artist at the world famous comic, The Beano. 

There was a wide range of imaginative competition entries with energy saving ideas such as boiling just the amount of water needed in a kettle, having shorter showers and managing their heating more effectively to save money. 

Nigel Parkinson said: "It was very hard sifting through all the great entries, they all showed imagination, humour and talent. We had an exceptionally hard job whittling it down to the final few. Very well done to every finalist and I wish them good luck!"

Catherine O’Kelly leads the smart meter roll-out at British Gas and is one of the Generation Green judges. Catherine said: “Congratulations to all of the talented young people for reaching the British Gas Generation Green final. We were delighted by the huge number of entries and impressed by the extremely high standard. We really enjoyed seeing the children’s creative interpretation of how to save energy with smart meters.”

Whoever triumphs in the Generation Green Smarter Power competition will also win a trip to London to visit the Science Museum.

Notes to editors

  • There are 11 competition regions:
    o East of England
    o East Midlands
    o London
    o North East
    o North West
    o South East
    o South West
    o West Midlands
    o Yorkshire and the Humber
    o Scotland
    o Wales
  • Entries have been shortlisted from 11 competition regions and 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. Two runners up will see their school awarded energy-saving technology worth up to £25,000. All finalists have won an iPad, a Wilbur toy and an Einstein tablet for their school. The Einstein tablet is a full Android tablet with a built in science lab designed for K-12 STEM education.
  • The competition was 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 over 3 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:

Harriet Bevis
PR Manager
British Gas
01784 84 3000

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy and services company, serving more than 10 million homes and over 400,000 businesses across the country. More than 8,000 highly-trained engineers guarantee the highest quality of service for our residential and business customers. We also provide a range of innovative offers and services including connected home Hive™ products, smart meters, and the online tradesman service, Local Heroes.

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