Thanks to the eco efforts of pupils at Sir John Leman High School, and the support of Suffolk County Council, seven new PIR timers have been fitted to the school’s humanities classrooms (‘K’ Corridor) – which will result in big savings on electricity costs, as well as a reduced carbon footprint.
The installation has been part funded by the ANSWER project, through our work supporting schools to cut their energy use in collaboration with their students. This support includes providing information on the overall energy use, and developing ideas to reduce the total, as well as financial help to implement energy saving measures.
By working with ANSWER throughout the year to share ideas with local and international schools on how to reduce carbon emissions, John Leman students helped the school to become eligible for £1000 of match funding towards energy saving equipment. Together with this money from Suffolk County Council, the school has been able to purchase enough devices to cut energy use along the entire K corridor.
The money went towards the installation of the new lighting. PIR (Passive Infrared) lights react to motion - so they can turn themselves off when there's no-one in the corridor. As such they are a perfect embodiment of ANSWER's belief that "the best energy is the energy we don't use" - why waste precious resources and money lighting an empty corridor? And, like the best of the ANSWER projects, this step is built on the hard work and education of the community that will benefit
Well done to the students involved with the ANSWER project for doing their bit for the planet and for cutting school energy costs!