Francis Askew school snug as a bug for winter
Pupils at the Francis Askew school in Hull won't be feeling a draft this winter – thanks to brand new double glazing, courtesy of a £26,500 grant from npower's Climate Cops programme.
The primary school, which is home to 255 children aged between 4-11 years old, was built in the 1930s. Working with Hull City Council, npower has provided the funding for a considerable amount of the old, metal windows to be replaced with modern double glazing – making the school warmer and much more energy efficient.
Head teacher, Ruth Murray, commented, "The change in the school has been astonishing: the old windows were drafty and made the school cold and miserable. The pupils and teachers all really love the new windows – and now we don't have to dread the colder months!"
npower's Climate Cop programme runs green-themed activities for schools right across the UK – and pupils from Francis Askew have already taken part in a ‘Climate Cops Academy' – a highly interactive day about saving energy and the planet. npower also undertook an energy audit in July 2008, which showed that huge amounts of energy were being lost through the old windows – making the school a prime candidate to benefit from one of npower's Climate Cop grants.
Clare McDougall, head of the Climate Cops programme, commented, "As well as educating pupils and surveying school buildings, we're also spending half a million pounds on making physical changes and improvements to schools. The energy audit we did for Francis Askew showed that there wasn't much point in them trying to be more energy efficient whilst loads of warmth was being lost through the windows. Now they've stopped warm air leaking out, any future energy saving measures should have a real impact."
npower's Climate Cop programme has committed £500,000 in energy efficiency measures for schools, 15 projects have been completed so far and - if all the measures are implemented - the participating schools would annually save a total of around £100,000 and 650 tonnes of CO2.
17th November, 2009
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