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Educating on Energy Efficiency with Bryson

Published: Wed, 14 Oct 2015
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Pictured with three of the Moy Regional’s eco children are Suzanne Foster (Moy Regional PS teacher) and Elaine Brownlee (Bryson Energy).
Bryson at Moy Regional
Our energy efficiency education programme recently visited Moy Regional PS and asked the children…‘Does your TV use electricity when it’s on standby?’
We are the Home Energy Conservation Authority for Northern Ireland. Through a unique schools programme it teaches children how to be energy efficient so they can save energy and money - vital for helping to tackle fuel poverty.
Funded by us and delivered in partnership with Bryson Energy, the programme is designed to inspire children to address energy efficiency both in school and at home.
During the fun interactive session at Moy Regional those taking part looked at how energy is generated, learnt about the different types of fuel, why insulation is used, what renewable energy is, the results of pollution, climate change, the effects of global warming and how to be more energy efficient in everyday activities.
The programme used quizzes and colourful visual aids to help build enthusiasm for energy efficiency. The children learnt how the simplest thing - turning off lights, TVs and computer games when not in use - can make a significant difference. Before they left, the Bryson team encouraged the children to continue on with energy efficiency through actively monitoring energy used in the classroom and at home and keeping a note of the results.
Noel Rice, our Energy Conservation Manager, is delighted with the programme and its results so far. He went on to say:
“We want to promote energy efficiency when and where we can. The issue of fuel poverty remains a major issue so we see teaching children how to be energy efficient more important than ever before.
“By getting children involved in saving energy at a young age, they are not just learning for the future, but can start today saving money on energy costs within the home, reduce pollution and develop responsible attitudes towards the environment.”
Elaine Brownlee, an education advisor with Bryson Energy who works on the schools programme, commented:
"Bryson Energy is delighted to be working with the Housing Executive on this worthwhile and rewarding project.
“The programme is popular with schools and pupils; there is always a waiting list for visits. School children are an enthusiastic audience and we find it a pleasure to work with them."
With regards to the TV being left on standby…yes, it is using electricity. According to the Energy Savings Trust the average home wastes up to £80 a year if appliances are left on standby.
Schools interested in a visit should contact Elaine at Bryson Energy 028 6634 0798 or email.