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School pupils draw their way to £100,000 energy makeover success

  • More than 4,000 children across Britain entered a Generation Green competition
  • In the Smarter Power competition children designed an energy-saving comic strip, showing the benefits of smart meters
  • The winner has won a £50,000 energy makeover for her school and the runners up have both won £25,000 energy makeovers for their schools
  • Competition judges included an artist at world famous comic, The Beano 

The winner and two runners up of British Gas’ Generation Green competition have been announced, winning £100,000 worth of energy makeovers for their schools. 

Tansie Davies, age 9, from Burnham in Buckinghamshire has been announced the winner of the Smarter Power competition, winning an energy makeover for St Peter’s Church of England Primary School worth up to £50,000. 

Emma Peon, age 9, from Putney in London and Hattie McAffer, age 10, from Manchester have won energy makeovers each worth up to £25,000 for Hotham Primary School and Chorlton Church of England Primary School. 

The top three comic strips were selected by a panel of judges, including Nigel Parkinson, artist at world famous comic, The Beano. 
More than 4,000 budding young artists from 123 schools across the country entered the Generation Green Smarter Power competition. Children aged 7-11 were asked to draw a cartoon showing British Gas mascot, Wilbur, demonstrating how to save energy with smart meters.

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.

Energy makeover

The competition aimed to get children thinking creatively about how they use and save energy. 

The entries showed energy saving ideas, such as filling the kettle which the amount of water actually needed, having shorter showers and managing heating more effectively to save money.  

The primary schools are set to be transformed with the latest energy-saving technology, such as solar panels, LED lighting and a new energy efficient boiler.  

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 the winner and runners up, it was well deserved!"

Catherine O’Kelly leads the smart meter roll-out at British Gas and is one of the Generation Green judges. Catherine said: “Congratulations to Tansie, Hattie and Emma for being the winner and runners up in the Smarter Power competition and for winning an energy makeover for their schools. Their comic strips were lovely creative interpretations of saving energy with smart meters. Well done!”

Notes to editors

  • Entries were shortlisted from 11 competition regions and one design per region went through to the national final. The winner won an energy makeover for their school worth up to £50,000, and a trip to London to visit to the Science Museum. Two runners up won an energy makeover for their school worth up to £25,000. All finalists 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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