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Energy Efficiency Education

Published: Tue, 27 Oct 2015
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Some of our eco warriors checking out the various methods of insulation.
Last year 10,500 children, plus their teachers, in 208 schools participated in our unique energy efficiency schools education programme.
The programme is designed to teach children how to be energy efficient, instilling the value of it at an early age, so they can save energy and money - vital for helping the environment and tackling fuel poverty.  
We are the Home Energy Conservation Authority for Northern Ireland and this is one initiative we use to promote better energy efficiency in Northern Ireland. It is designed to inspire children to address energy efficiency both in school and at home; we fund it and our partners, Bryson Energy, deliver it.
During the fun interactive session the children look at how energy is generated, learn 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 fact sheets to help build enthusiasm for energy efficiency.  The children learn how the simplest thing - turning off lights, TVs and computer games when not in use - can make a significant difference.  Did you know the average home wastes up to £80 a year if appliances are left on standby? (Source the Energy Savings Trust)
Before they leave a school, the Bryson team encourages 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 which has been running since 2004 and explained:
“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 our partner 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."
Schools interest in a visit should contact Elaine at Bryson Energy 028 6634 0798 or email: ebrownlee@brysonenergy.org.