STAFF at the Hartlepool depot of Stagecoach North East are celebrating after winning £1,000 to donate to charity.
The prize was awarded to them after the depot managed to cut its energy consumption by a massive 42 per cent over a 24 hour period.
Stagecoach North East set the challenge, named The Big Switch Off, to all of its depots to see how little energy they could use in one day and still operate effectively, with a view to use less than that used on Christmas Day.
The winning team was promised £1,000 to donate to a charity of its choice.
The bus company is a long time supporter of environmental initiatives with its Ready Steady Green eco programme.
The Hartlepool branch nominated Colin Thompson and Andy Barnard as their eco champions, and they ensured that any non-essential PC, light, photocopier, printer charger, fan, water cooler and other not needed electricals were switched off.
Helped by Colin and Andy, Hartlepool used the least amount of energy of all of the depots, and chose to donate the prize money to the Hartlepool branch of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Sandy Gallacher, Stagecoach operations manager for Hartlepool, said: “As part of the company’s commitment to reduce energy, we wanted to make sure that we didn’t use any unnecessary electricity on the bank holiday.
“This challenge proves that by simply turning off a few switches, a great energy saving can be achieved.
“I am very proud that the Hartlepool team has done so well and provided a much needed boost for the charity.”