50K prize up for grabs for UK Primary schools

Saving energy and saving money have to be ranked up there with my highest home-life priorities. Being energy efficient and saving pennies at the same time can never be a bad thing and when we consider the schools our children go to in the same light, reserving energy and learning ways to be smart about the amount of energy we use is a vital way of life, in my opinion.

That is why Generation Green as part of the British Gas generation programme are trying to inspire children and young people to change the way they think about energy. They have invested £18 million in installing energy-saving equipment for schools since 2010, helping to save an estimated 13,000 tons of CO. Thanks to the program, 375,000 children have learned about energy thanks to the specially created lesson plans, games, and videos. They are also giving primary school pupils aged between 7-11years old across England, Wales and Scotland the exciting chance to win a £50,000 energy makeover for their school, as well as some great individual prizes too.


All the primary school pupils need to do is to design a comic strip of the British Gas mascot, Wilbur, showing the best ways to save energy around the home using smart meters. The winning comic strip will be chosen by three judges, including Nigel Parkinson, an artist at the world famous comic, The Beano.

British Gas has installed 2.7 million smart meters in homes across Britain, they replace existing standard gas and electricity meters. They come with an energy monitor that displays how much gas and electricity is being used, all in cost and pence, in real time. Smart meters put an end to estimated bills and will be introduced in homes and businesses as standard by 2020. 


This is such a fun competition to get primary school children to unleash their artsy side and be in with a chance to not only win an amazing prize for their Primary school but to have their work recognized by some of the best cartoonists in the UK.

Here are some more details about the competition and how to enter: 

Schools can register for this competition by visiting www.generationgreen.co.uk. Entries can be accepted by post and email and full terms and conditions are available via the website. The competition is part of the British Gas Generation program, which inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community. One design from each  of the 11 competition regions across the UK will be shortlisted and will go through to the national final. In the final, one child’s drawing will win their school an energy makeover worth up to £50,000, and for themselves, a trip to London to visit the Science Museum, and an iPad. Two runners-up will see their school awarded energy saving technology worth up to £25,000, as well as other prizes.

The 11 competition regions are:

East of England
East Midlands
North East
North West
South East
South West
West Midlands
Yorkshire and the Humber

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with British Gas Generation Green.


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