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Dorset pupils to switch off to save energy

By This is Dorset  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

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Children across Dorset will help to reduce their carbon footprint over the next two weeks

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Dorset school children are doing their bit for the environment by reducing their energy use during a two-week campaign.

From today, pupils in more than 50 schools across the county will be turning off appliances when they are not in use and remembering to switch off lights in empty rooms.

As part of 'EDF Energy The Pod's Switch Off Fortnight', the campaign will raise awareness of energy saving and educating school children about being eco-aware.

Cllr Robert Gould, Dorset County Council cabinet member for the environment said: "Schools account for a major proportion of energy usage in Dorset, so we're delighted that so many have signed up to this campaign.

"It is a fun way to educate children about how to save energy, help the planet and save money."

The council will also run a competition to see which school can save the most energy. Schools have been given a special pack including a meter reading form - while prizes will include games, stickers and a free energy-saving workshop.

The Switch Off Fortnight runs until December 2.

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