Dorchester's school children switch on to energy saving.

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By Dorch_People | Friday, November 18, 2011, 08:45

45 schools all across Dorset have signed up to being a part of  the Switch Off Fortnight campaign, raising awareness of energy saving and educating children in schools about being eco-aware.  The two week campaign will teach children to read electricity meters, and how to track their home electricity usage.


Remembering to switch off lights in empty rooms and turning off appliances when they are not in use are key actions the children will be carrying out, and they will also nominate light monitors to keep check on the school buildings.

Educating the next generation is proving to be the more successful way to combat our nations wasteful habits.  Children are now taught all about the importance of healthy sustainable eating, composting and recycling home waste, creating a future generations with superior eco knowledge.

The project is run by EDF Energy and is being promoted to schools by local councils as part of the council's own carbon reduction Scheme.

Toni Coombs, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for children's services, said:

"We're pleased that so many schools in Dorset are involved in this campaign. I think it is excellent way to raise awareness of the ecological and financial costs of electricity usage, and educate children about lowering carbon emissions. I hope it will encourage them to live more eco-friendly lives, now and in the future."

Mrs Maria Gadston, Deputy Head, St Mary's RC (VA) First School, Swanage, whose school successfully took part in the campaign last year, said:

"It was a great way of involving home and school collaboration, and helps to promote awareness of the school's commitment to global citizenship.  We think that parents appreciate schools helping children to realise the importance of saving energy.  In our experience it had as great an impact in raising awareness of energy usage in pupils' homes as it did in school."

To learn more about The Pod's Switch Off Campaign or register your school to join in log onto where you can find details on how to get involved, activities and ways to save energy.

Contact Stacie Forrester, Schools Energy Officer, on (01305) 225230 or if you would like any further support or ideas of how your school can take part in the campaign once you have registered to take part.

If you would like any additional advice and guidance on the eco-schools Awards Programme, contact Stephanie Abrahams, Eco-Schools education officer, on (01305) 225221 or



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