Youngsters become energy busters at school

CSE runs workshops for than 300 primary school pupils

2 August 2011

Hundreds of children from across North Somerset spent the recent term helping their schools cut their energy use – and in the process, saving the school money on their fuel bills. And as the schools break up for the summer, these children will be taking their new-found energy efficiency knowledge home with them in order to help their parents save money, too.

The work was all part of CSE’s Warm Families project – which aims to help families across North Somerset who are in fuel poverty.

Energy advisors from CSE visited a number of primary schools across the district and ran several workshops to more than 300 children ranging in age from 5 to 11. And it was the Energy Busters workshop which proved the most popular, with pupils combing the school to identify areas of energy waste, before analysing the data and working out what changes could be made.

Chloe Lemoult-Wasserman helped run the workshops for CSE.

“The Energy Busters proved really effective at engaging the pupils. They were very helpful in finding where the school needed to reduce energy use, and this led on to discussions with the children about energy use at home. Hopefully they’ll take what they’ve learnt home with them and over the holidays, will be helping their parents to become more energy efficient, too.”

The pupils left the workshop with information about the Warm Families project and how this could help their family, plus thermometer cards, a water saving gadget and a selection of fun stickers, badges, magnets and pens – all to help them remember what they learnt.

Loved the dressing up!

Response from the schools involved has been overwhelmingly positive – here are just some of the responses we’ve had:

“I just wanted to send a huge thank you for spending Friday with us and delivering some fantastic workshops. The children were so enthusiastic and Year 5 are already planning their presentation to Governors! Thank you also for staying at the parents workshops – I bumped into some mums at the weekend and they were talking about it." St Peters Primary, Portishead.

“The children really enjoyed the workshop, and have spent the afternoon discussing how they would save energy when they go home.” Oldmixon Primary, Weston-Super-Mare.

“Loved that you bought all resources necessary with you. You led the session and had extension activities available…Loved the dressing up!” High Down Infant school, Portishead.

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