An 'Enlightening' Switch Off Fortnight!

Robyn Thorn, EDF Energy’s Education Programme Manager said “Switch off Fortnight, now in its tenth year is always very popular with both teachers and students. We’re always proud and delighted with the extremely positive feedback we get from teachers who tell us that the campaign is fun for students, whilst sparking energy saving behavior and making a real difference to their school’s energy bill.”

 

As part of the campaign, the school received a free Switch Off Fortnight pack including posters, stickers, and certificates.

 

The Carbon Ambassadors Thomas, Pijus and Georgie focussed on saving energy at school by running an energy audit and identified where energy was being wasted. They then led an assembly to launch their campaign and continued to take daily meter readings to monitor the school’s energy usage.  

 

Over the fortnight, pupils learnt about the energy industry and explored what energy sources are available and understanding why it’s important to have a secure, low-carbon and affordable energy supply.  Each class completed lessons which were designed to get pupils to think about the ways they use energy. In Year 5 they created Adobe Spark videos to share top tips on how to save energy at home. Pupils in Year 2 and Year 4 created fantastic energy saving posters while pupils in Year 1 looked at ways they could save energy at home.

 

The Carbon Ambassadors were delighted to find out their campaign had been successful. After completing a second energy audit and daily meter readings they discovered the school had saved 86kwh of electricity and 783kwh of gas. The children shared their success and each class shared examples of their work in a whole school assembly at the end of the two weeks.

 

Miss Worrall (Eco Schools Coordinator) said ‘the children all over school were turning off light switches and reminding teachers to turn their boards and laptops off when they weren’t being used. Switch Off Fortnight was a fantastic campaign which enabled the Carbon Ambassadors and children to make a difference.’