Schools SCoRE high to win energy saving challenge

Kids SCoRE high with energy saving
Kids SCoRE high with energy saving

Children at Osgodby Primary School have shown they know a thing or two when it comes to saving energy and have won a £400 prize.

The school was taking part in the SCoRE programme - run by the county council and designed to help schools become more sustainable.

And after weeks of energy saving actions, Osgodby came out on top with an incredible 59 per cent saving.

Each school had to appoint ‘carbon ambassadors’ to attend a training day and then be in charge of a school energy audit, which led to an action plan to be implemented.

“Everyone at the school really got behind the project,” said Sarah Greig, Osgodby School’s senior administrator who oversaw the project.

“In fact, so many of the year fives wanted to become an LCA (Lincolnshire carbon ambassador) that we had to hold X-Factor style auditions.”

And winning those roles were Jake Oliver, Eleanor Moore and Alice Pederson, who Mrs Greig went on to describe as extremely ‘enthusiastic and conscientious’, for their work on the action plan and then making sure everyone did their bit.

“All the initiatives were pretty simple to implement really - removing posters from windows to let more natural light in, making sure lights and equipment were switched off when not in use etc - it was just having the thought to do it,” she added.

The £400 prize money will go to further the school’s long-term energy saving 

Final results show energy efficient schools

The five local schools taking part in the SCoRE challenge were Osgodby 
Primary, Market Rasen C of E Primary, Legsby Primary, Middle Rasen Primary and De Aston.

Percentage savings were: Osgodby 59, Middle Rasen 36, Legsby 33, Market Rasen 24 and De Aston 24.

And, of course, by saving energy, the school also saved money: De Aston £2,376, Osgodby £309, Market Rasen £214, Middle Rasen 190 and Legsby £95.

All the figures are approximate and are based on half-hourly AMR (automatic meter reading) data.

“The LCAs have worked really hard to tackle their energy usage over a whole school term,” added Jonathan Parkin, SCoRE project officer for the county council’s sustainability team.

“I would like to congratulate all of the schools in this cluster for all of their fantastic enthusiasm and ingenuity.

“I am delighted to award Osgodby Primary School with £400 as the overall winners of the ‘biggest percentage reduction prize’.

Eleanor, Alice and Jake should be extremely proud of themselves “Keep up the great work guys.”