BRIGHT spark pupils in Morpeth certainly have the measure of energy efficiency after designing a new home insulation aid.
Youngsters at Morpeth’s Collingwood School and Media Arts College teamed up with the region’s Warm Zone offices to design a special ruler showing the depth of insulation needed to keep a house toasty warm in cold winters.
The rulers can be used to compare the amount of insulation already in place in buildings with the recommended levels to fully guard against the cold, helping residents to decide if they need to take action.
The winning design, by Joshua Clarke from Shilbottle, shows a blue cold house and a red warm house to indicate the correct depth of insulation.
Warm Zones Operations Manager Jill Delf, who chose the winner, said: “There was a fantastic response to the competition and the quality of entries was exceptionally high.
“Joshua and his classmates should be very proud of the contribution they have made to helping to keep their friends and neighbours warm this coming winter.”
The rulers will be given away at community events and distributed by the Warm Zone team.
Warm Zone is a not-for-profit organisation, which works in partnership with Northumberland County Council to improve energy efficiency in homes, helping to reduce fuel bills and provide warmer buildings.
Staff help residents to find out if they are eligible for free cavity wall or loft insulation, and even if they don’t qualify, discount schemes are available.
The organisation says that a properly insulated loft can save about £120 on typical heating bills, and when it is coupled with cavity wall insulation the savings could be as much as £300.
For more information call 01670 356642.