MyBnk is delighted to announce a new financial education programme for young people focusing on energy efficiency – Money Buzz!

Created with UK Power Networks for 9-11 year olds in primary schools, the workshops are backed up with teacher and family resources. In classrooms and living rooms, games, activities and Manga inspired energy heroes will help 1,000 young people understand how they could save energy and money whilst helping the environment.

Teacher Booklet MyBnk UKPNMoney Buzz is part of MyBnk’s flagship award winning programme ‘Money Twist’, which tackles attitudes and mindsets towards money such as delayed gratification and saving. The programme gives the children five money saving tips on how to make positive changes at home to reduce energy consumption and help their family save money and empowering them to challenge energy waste.

It forms part of UK Power Networks extensive energy efficiency programme that provides advice to customers who may be in fuel poverty. Money Buzz targets schools with a higher than average number of pupils eligible for pupil premium. Schools are paid a pupil premium payment for every child who receives a free school meal, this ensures the programme reaches children from lower income families whose energy costs are a significant proportion of household income.

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Financial education UKPN comicSpeaking during Talk Money Week 2018 – an awareness week about giving people the power and the confidence to make the most of their money and improve their lives – Julie Minns, UK Power Networks Head of Customer Engagement said, “Saving energy saves money. This is especially important for low income families where energy costs can form over a tenth of their household income. Our partnership with MyBnk aims to give children and their families and carers the knowledge and the skills to save both energy and money.”

Guy Rigden, CEO MyBnk said “Just as we teach young people that money doesn’t grow on trees, it’s vital to show them how to manage a finite resource. By arming young people with the skills to use household energy efficiently we can help prevent debt, poor credit scores and ultimately, being cut off. Our partnership with UK Power Networks demonstrates how we can make money lessons real and from the classroom to the living room, embed positive financial habits into everyday life.”

260 children took part in the trial programme, and half pledged to turn off lights to help save energy after completing the lesson.

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