Competition To Win £50,000 School Energy Makeover

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What would you do with a £50,000 makeover in your school?

Budding young artists across the country are being challenged to design a comic strip for the chance to win an energy makeover for their school, worth up to £50,000 from British Gas.

As part of the Generation Green Smart Power competition, school children aged 7-11 across England, Wales and Scotland are being asked to draw a cartoon showing British Gas mascot, Wilbur, demonstrating how to save energy with a smart meter. The winning comic strip will be chosen by three judges, including Nigel Parkinson, an artist at the world-famous comic, The Beano.

The winning school will receive a £50,000 energy makeover and, the winning pupil will also get a trip to London to visit the Science Museum and an iPad! For the competition’s two runners-up, there will be £25,000 worth of energy-saving technology up for grabs, along with other great prizes!

Wilbur the Penguin British Gas


This nationwide competition is now open and entries will be accepted until 5pm on Thursday 12th January, 2017. 

In their comic strip, schoolchildren will be asked to show how using smart meters could save energy in the home. British Gas is leading the smart meter roll-out, and the government wants every household to be offered smart meters by 2020. With smart meters, people can see how much gas and electricity they are using and the cost in pounds and pence, which can help them take control of their energy use and lower their bills.

The competition aims to get children thinking creatively about how they use and save energy so that they can better understand the benefits of smart meters. Entries will be shortlisted from 11 competition regions. One design per region will go through to the national final and all schools can register for the competition via

There are 11 competition regions, they are:

  • East of England
  • East Midlands
  • London
  • North East
  • North West
  • South East
  • South West
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Full terms and conditions are available via the website The competition is part of the British Gas Generation Green schools programme, which inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community.

  • The British Gas Generation Green programme has invested £18 million in installing energy-saving equipment for schools since 2010, helping to save an estimated 13,000 tonnes of CO2.
  • Thanks to the programme, 375,000 children have learnt about energy thanks to specially created lesson plans, games and videos.

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