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Pupils at Corton are energy efficient

PUBLISHED: 11:45 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 05 July 2010

CORTON Primary School has been commended for its energy efficiency.

New figures suggest that the average school in the east of England could potentially save as much as £1,600 per year on their energy bills by taking a series of simple steps.

CORTON Primary School has been commended for its energy efficiency.

New figures suggest that the average school in the east of England could potentially save as much as £1,600 per year on their energy bills by taking a series of simple steps.

All schools are encouraged to get their Display Energy Certificates (DECs) by October 1, meaning each school is given an energy efficiency rating, together with short and long-term advice on how to improve.

And Corton Primary, in Church Lane, is one of the schools that has already received its DEC.

Vicki Cunnane, headteacher said: “We were really pleased with what the DEC report showed - Corton's energy efficiency is pretty typical for a school like ours and the rating we got fell within the normal range for our Victorian school buildings.

“The report also came up with some recommendations, like sealing off draughty areas in the winter. A lot of the steps we can take come down to common sense and are simple to put in place. Plus, now we've signed up to Generation Green we can earn rewards for the school while reducing the energy we use.”

According to the figures revealed by British Gas's Generation Green schools programme, schools could save up to £4.1m on their energy bills to spend elsewhere.

Gearóid Lane, managing director for British Gas New Energy, said: “It's great to see schools responding enthusiastically to the suggestions provided in DECs, but some schools may have more difficult, longer term improvements to make than others.

“Those schools should not feel daunted by the journey ahead. We hope our Generation Green programme, which provides educational resources and rewards schools for taking basic steps to green up their act will help give schools in the East of England an extra incentive to get started.”

Generation Green rewards schools for green actions with Green Leaves, which are collected by schools and redeemed against useful prizes ranging from solar water heating kits and energy efficient light bulbs to green energy trackers.

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