Duncan shows support for town’s low carbon vision

Duncan had the chance to see for himself the difference energy saving measures, made possible by the British Gas Green Streets programme, has made to Bradford on Avon when he visited three local schools.

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Kicking off his whistle-stop tour with Holt Primary School, Duncan learned quickly from head teacher Margaret Harnden that the new insulation is already benefiting the school. Margaret said:

“We are really pleased with our cavity wall insulation and it certainly seems to be making a difference in keeping the school warmer.”

Fitzmaurice Primary School is also feeling the benefits of loft and cavity wall insulation. Head teacher Shiel Taylor said:

“We can already feel the huge difference that the insulation is making, particularly at the office end of the school – it is obviously something that ideally would have been done years ago! Hopefully, we will also feel it in reduced energy bills too!”

Christ Church Primary School invested its British Gas Green Streets grant in PV solar panels. The panels not only have the potential to generate 4,200 kwh per year, but also bring in around £1,600 a year for the school through the Government’s Feed-In Tariff incentive scheme.

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Through the Green Streets scheme, £2 million has been invested into micro-power generation and energy efficiency measures in 14 communities around the UK, with the Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon group winning the South West’s share of the cash.

Richard Craft, chairman of Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon group commented:

“The ongoing success of these projects are big and visible steps towards the town’s Carbon Neutral 2050 aspiration, with future generations receiving the benefits directly and educating children too.

“Having the support of our local MP is great as it is so important to keep energy saving measures top of the political agenda.”

British Gas community project manager Claire Page said:

“The aim of Green Streets is to help communities to become greener through a variety of different ways. The insulation will reduce the heat loss from the Holt and Fitzmaurice Schools, thereby cutting their energy bills, whilst the solar panels on Christchurch School will actually generate income through the Feed-In Tariff.

“Insulation is actually one of the easiest and cost effective ways to make buildings, including houses, more energy efficient.

“It’s good to hear the pupils and the teachers talking about the differences they are already seeing.”

With an ambitious task to become carbon neutral by 2050, the Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon group really hope more local schools will feel inspired to follow suit and get in touch to find out what energy saving measures they could be doing.

Duncan said:

“I was very pleased to see the positive steps that these local pupils are taking to mitigate the effects of climate change, which has an impact upon communities in this country and around the world.

“I was also very impressed by how knowledgeable the children were regarding these issues as well as their grasp of the innovative technology involved in saving energy which is already saving their schools money.”

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Read more about the British Gas Green Streets programme.

Find out more about Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon.

Photos by Richard Craft