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TAKE The ECO - INITIATIVE

Updated on January 15, 2009

Start with Small Steps

Ah...GREEN, when I say the word, I think CLEAN! Green is also my color of preference! It's always great to share your story; someone might learn something from it!

I. Even the 1st year when we took over, the one small thing we took care off was the light bulbs - CFL (compact Fluorescent Lights). They were replaced with the CFL in all fixtures that we could fit them in, indoor or outdoor lighting.

II. Recycling was always a passion of mine, I could call myself a "recycler" fanatic. We determined that we will continue our habits, no matter were we live. (P.S. - I am also making arts out of recycle goods)

TIPS (for the house):

  • Invest in a dishwasher, you will be using less water, detergent and time to accomplish the task!
  • Do not place stove, dishwasher or other heat producing units next to the refrigerator or freezer
  • One common thing is, people overlook using cloth rags instead of towel paper; it's still a better option even so you have to do laundry - or use sham-wow!
  • Find a better cleaner

III. I immediately implemented the bed sheets/towels program, For those that are not familiar with this: if a room is occupied more then one night, we ask customers to request when they want the bed sheets changed and for used towel to drop them in the shower area, like this I know to leave fresh towels for them. (this saves you on laundry, detergent, water and labor.) - for more info visit here!

IV. Replacing old windows, imagine they were the originals, one pane window on old frame.... We looked for an energy star product and had the job done the 1st winter here, double pane, locally produced... I can FEEL the difference now! Concluding after one busy season, we decided to remodel the bathroom, however, I call this a DESIGNER MAKE OVER - it is so much more then just deep skin cleaning and having a new shower area. Improvements of the bathrooms where to start fresh, everything went out the door and the new and sustainable products were replacing those old things.

 

MORE savings tips:

  • replacing soap bars with liquid soaps
  • install a toilet that - preferably, has a dual flush, (I went from a 4gal/use to 1.6gal/use)
  • place recycle bins in your work and kitcken area, this is a good reminder.
  • use a low flow shower head that can save you some money and give you even more then you expect

Overall, I felt like I had 2 Full Time Jobs, even so I like to call this establishment my business. The East wing was finished this past spring and now we are almost done with the West wing, as I like to call it.

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