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Lights off, layers on! Local housebuilder teams up with Darlington students to share tips on reducing energy

Louise Atkins, Eco Coordinator and pupils from West Park Academy teamed up with Barratt Developments North East for Big Energy Saving Week

Children from a school in Darlington partnered up with Barratt Developments North East to share their tips on cutting energy bills to mark Big Energy Saving Week last week.

Year 4 and 5 pupils from West Park Academy created posters the five-star housebuilder to illustrate ways residents can be more energy efficient to help save the planet and reduce household bills.

Barratt Developments North East will display 3 of the posters at its nearby development, The Orchard at West Park, for all visitors to see, and has also gifted West Park Academy with a voucher worth £250 to go towards its own energy saving technology.

The three top energy saving tips shared by children at West Park Academy are: turn off the lights, turn off electronic appliances and unplug devices when not in use, and choose to wear layers and use blankets where possible.

Barratt Developments North East, which includes the Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, also plays a part in ensuring homeowners can save energy in the home. Installing boilers that produce hot water only when needed and fitting modern double glazing filled with argon gas are just some of the ways the five star housebuilder is driving energy savings.

West Park Academy Eco Coordinator, Louise Atkins said: “This was an enjoyable and highly relevant activity for the children because it brought to life the importance of saving energy, which is only more important today than it was yesterday. The children really loved designing their posters and it encouraged them to be more environmentally conscious. We’re proud that they got behind this so enthusiastically and we’re extremely grateful to Barratt Developments for the generous voucher donation, which will go a long way to supporting our eco activities.”

Emily Watson, Sales Manager at The Orchard at West Park said: “We’re really pleased with the children’s energy saving posters, which has brought a lot of character to our sales office. We’re glad our activity helped teach the pupils how to be energy efficient and we hope to be able to work with West Park Academy again in the future.”

Situated in the beautiful surroundings of West Park nature reserve, The Orchard at West Park is a luxury collection of two, three and four bedroom homes in an exclusive area of West Park, Darlington. The stunning homes have been designed with modern family life in-mind, with open-plan living and designated space to work from home. Buyers can trade their current property in for a new home using the housebuilder’s own Part Exchange scheme.