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.  In today's disposable society we are finding this challenging.  Fifty years ago most items came in either paper bags, glass jars, bottles, or tins which were easy to recycle or did not have the negative impact on our planet that today's plastics do.  We are working to 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Plastic food wrap:  Rather than use stretch plastic food wrap in the kitchen whenever possible we now use a natural washable, reusable beeswax food wrap.

 

  • 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. Recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safer Choice Program for containing safer ingredients that don’t sacrifice quality or performance.  Works great in cold water!

 

  • Washing Machine: High-Efficiency washer uses less water.  We wash in cold water for the majority of our laundry.

 

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

 

  • Nest Thermostat:  Allows us to not only set heating and cooling schedules to save energy and reduce greenhouse gases but we can remotely adjust the heating/cooling to save even more energy.

 

  • LED Lightbulbs:  When changing lightbulbs, we are replacing all lighting in our home with LED lightbulbs.

 

  • Outside Lighting:  The outside lighting for the front of the house is controlled by smart switches that only are on from sundown until 12:00 PM which results in more energy savings.  After 12:00 PM a combination of static and motion-activated solar-powered lighting is used for safety and security.

 

  • Inside Lighting:  Select light switches are motion activated switches that are programmed to stay on for only limited amounts of time before automatically turning off to save energy.

 

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

 

  • Bottled Water:  We offer bottled water in each room fridge but encourage you to use the pitcher provided and drink tap water as we do. Our water meets or exceeds all federal and provincial standards.  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.  Less plastic in the landfill.

 

  • Single Use Shopping Bags:  We have purchased reusable plastic totes for our groceries and no longer use single use plastic bags for our trash liners.  Less plastic in the landfill.  

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

 

  • On Demand Tankless Hot Water:   The tank-less hot water system heats water only on-demand which saves energy.  We switched from an electric 48-gallon water tank to a tankless natural gas system in the summer of 2018.

 

 

 

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

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