Bright sparks save power as Energy Calendar shines in 2017

 23 June 2017  |  

This winners and runners up for the 2017 competition

This winners and runners up for the 2017 competition

A host of environmentally friendly ideas to reduce power costs have been whittled down to a year's worth of winners. The final designs for South Ayrshire's Energy Agency School Calendar Competition were unveiled at a special ceremony at County Buildings in Ayr.

19 primary schools took part in the annual competition which helps raise awareness of energy issues among young people. The winning artwork will now feature in the 2018 calendar, combining the drawings with energy saving tips and facts.

The 13 winners that feature on the cover and for every month, plus six runners-up were invited, along with their family and teachers, to collect their certificates and view the calendar at a special ceremony earlier this month. Local councillors for each school were invited to attend the ceremony and present a certificate to each pupil along with a copy of the 2018 calendar. The calendar competition is run annually by the Energy Agency, supported by South Ayrshire Council.

The calendar was a chance for the fledgling designers to come up with ideas to help combat climate change fitting in with the school curriculum.

South Ayrshire Council's Provost, Helen Moonie said: "We had a great response to this year's competition with more than 700 entries from across South Ayrshire with people highlighting a huge range of issues that were hard to judge.

But we had to pick 13 to feature and the winning entries have now been compiled for the 2018 calendar, with the designs sharing insight and energy saving tips that will benefit the community in the coming year.

"It's important that people of every age are clued up on the facts about climate change, and this competition helps to engage children about an important issue early on. I'd like to thank everyone for taking the time to get involved this year as without your continued support none of this would be possible."

Liz Marquis, Director of the Energy Agency said, "Young people receive interactive energy lessons from the Energy Agency as part of the school curriculum. The resulting drawings and slogans are a superb inspiration to all of us. 

"There is a serious need for all of us to use energy more carefully. We hope the young people will continue to be future leaders in this area."

The 2018 calendars will be available shortly in council buildings and libraries.