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Our Green Efforts

To borrow from Kermit the Frog: "It's not easy being green...".  

 

At Adela's Bed and Breakfast, we believe we are to be good stewards of this earth.  However, in today's disposable society, we are finding this challenging.  Fifty years ago, most items came in paper bags, glass jars, bottles, or tin cans, which were easy to recycle or did not negatively impact our planet as today's plastics do.  Therefore, we are working toward environmental sustainability through the following efforts:

 

  • Our General Purpose Cleaner is 49% water, 49% white vinegar, and 1% Liquid Organic Cleaner.  We use this on most surfaces including countertops, tabletops, windows, showers, tubs, and much more.

  • Our Sanitizer is Decon-30.  Made with Botanical Active Ingredients, it kills 99.99% of all bacteria in only 30 seconds.  Food surface contact is safe with no synthetic fragrances, dyes, or bleach.

  • To reduce waste in landfills, we compost using the Lomi Smart Composter.  It is designed and distributed by a local Kelowna company, Pela Earth.  Order yours at lomi.com and save using Discount code: AdelasBnB

  • In the bathrooms, the use of our Body wash and Shampoo dispensers compared to individually packaged hotel soaps and shampoos result in less waste not only of the product but the packaging as well.

 

  • The bathroom toilets are dual flush water-saving toilets.

  • Zip Lock Storage Bags:  When possible we are now using a washable, reusable silicone storage bags.

  • SA8 Laundry Products: Biodegradable formula.  No phosphates, chlorine, or other unpleasant ingredients, so it's safer for the environment.  Safe and effective in all washers, even HE (high efficiency).  New packaging is better for the environment.  It is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Safer Choice Program for containing safer ingredients that don't sacrifice quality or performance.

 

  • Washing Machine: High-Efficiency washer uses less water.  Our hot water temperature is 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit to meet the Covid laundry protocols.

 

  • Clothes Dryer:  We use wool dryer balls to eliminate single-use dryer sheets.  We also hang dry most of our clothes. 

 

  • Nest Thermostat:  Allows us to set heating and cooling schedules.  We can remotely adjust the heating/cooling when we are not home to save energy.

 

  • LED Lightbulbs:  We have changed all incandescent and halogen lightbulbs to LED where possible.

 

  • Outside Lighting:  The outside lighting for the front of the house is controlled by smart switches that only are on from sundown until midnight, which results in more energy savings.  After midnight a combination of static and motion-activated solar-powered lighting is used for safety and security.

 

  • Inside Lighting:  Select light switches are smart switches programmed to stay on for a limited time before automatically turning off to save energy.

 

  • Bottled Water:  We offer bottled water in each room fridge but encourage you to use the pitcher provided and drink the filtered tap water as we do.  Our water meets or exceeds all federal and provincial standards.  The cold-water faucet in the kitchen has a 5-micron filter installed.  You are welcome to refill your water pitcher or water bottles at your convenience.  More information on water quality is included in the room binder.

 

  • Single Use Trash Can Liners:  We have switched to compostable bags for our trash can liners in our bedrooms and bathrooms reducing plastic in the landfills.

 

  • Single Use Shopping Bags:  We have purchased reusable plastic totes for our groceries, resulting in less plastic in landfill. 

  • Single Use Produce Bags:  The grocery store's plastic bags in the produce section for your fruit and vegetables have been replaced with reusable mesh bags resulting in less plastic in landfill.

 

  • On Demand Tankless Hot Water:  The tankless hot water system heats water only on demand, saving energy.  We switched from an electric 50-gallon water tank to a tankless system in the summer of 2018.

  • Recycling Efforts:  We recycle as much as the city supports.  The curbside pickup includes paper, cardboard, plastics (types 1-7), cans, aluminum foil, and tetra-pak drinking boxes.  Drop-off locations accept glass bottles, Styrofoam, lightbulbs, batteries, electronics and more.

We continually to look for ways to reduce, reuse and finally recycle to be good stewards of our world.

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