St.Stephen's School

National Energy Action Assembly

Last week St. Stephen’s School was visited by Alan Jones from National Energy Action, a charity that helps families that are struggling to heat their homes. Alan was joined by a representative from UK Power Networks, the organisation that looks after the thousands of miles of cable that deliver electricity to our homes, schools and places of work.

 Together they delivered an informative assembly on energy awareness and electrical safety, specifically looking at actions we could all take to reduce our parents’ fuel bills, and the varying costs of using different electrical appliances. Did you know that on average, a kettle uses the same amount of energy to boil 4 cups of water as it takes to run a fridge for about seven hours, so it’s a good idea to boil only as much water as you need.

After the assembly 20 children were chosen from across the school to participate in a small group workshop about saving energy. We learnt about the importance of switching off appliances and lights when not in use, taking shorter showers, and Julia promised to cut down on the number of times she boils her kettle at home. We also used our incredible acting skills to produce several energy awareness dramas reminding us how to cut our electricity use, and therefore our parents’ fuel bills. We’d rather the money was spent on fun activities and days out!

We’d like to thank Alan and UK Power Networks for an enjoyable afternoon, for improving our energy saving awareness, and for the excellent information pack that we can share with our families at home.