Wind turbines, solar panels, energy efficient insulation and uPVC windows will be popping up on schools across the country as part of a Government drive to educate children about climate change.
From today every school in the country will be offered a hi-tech smart meter that shows pupils and staff how much energy is being used at any one time.
Ultimately schools will be expected to go carbon neutral by improving energy efficiency through insulation, uPVC windows, using low energy equipment and encouraging children to turn off appliances. Schools will also be expected to generate their own heat and power where appropriate by installing solar panels, wood chip boilers and wind turbines. What’s more installing uPVC windows will also contribute to keeping the heat inside the building and therefore considerably reducing the use of heating.
By 2016 there will be 36 carbon neutral schools across the country, with four in each government region to be an example to surrounding schools. These schools will be equipped with solar panels, wind turbines, energy efficient wall insualtion and uPVC windows.
The schools estate is responsible for two per cent of total UK greenhouse gas emissions. That is why the government is pushing for the installation of uPVC windows and eco-friendly wall insulation to make the schools more energy efficient.
Ed Balls, the Schools Secretary, said it was important people learn about cutting carbon at a young age.
"As parents know, their children have a real desire to become the environmental champions of the future and help save the planet for future generations – and we need to harness this interest and do even more," he said.
The £12 million initiative to provide smart meters to every school will help monitor energy use. It can also be used as a teaching tool by demonstrating how different appliances and lifestyle changes can cut energy use.