No, we haven’t arrived; we don’t do this perfectly, but we really do care about the earth and believe we must do our part to preserve the environment. And that starts with our business here at Die Heimat Country Inn. Below are some of our efforts in the last 2 years —
Reduce use of Electricity –
- We replaced incandescent light bulbs with LEDs to reduce electrical consumption (expensive? Yes, but they pay for themselves quickly)
- Magical lighting – When guests walk into the hallways and dining room they are greeted with lights activated by motion sensors. We have those lights and our outside sign lights on timers so they are only on when used most and aren’t lit all day.
- In Room #6 we separate from trash and recycle all cans, bottles, plastic, cardboard, metal, paper, junk mail, newspaper (recycle all empty toilet paper rolls :)) (can YOU find Room #6?)
- Use second side of printed materials for internal documentation and record-keeping (Your receipt will be printed on fresh paper to avoid compromising our guest information :))
- Save and compost leaves, grass clippings, and kitchen scraps (did you see my handy-dandy grass & leaf sweeper?)
- Use the above compost as mulch on flower beds (you can tell by the eggshell pieces around the happy hostas!)
- Encourage guests to reuse towels to reduce water and electric consumption (most guests participate and are happy to know we care about the environment)
- Reduce trash waste by providing guest rooms with dispensers for bulk soap and shampoo (how many drawers full of tiny soaps and shampoo bottles do you need?)
- Installing ceiling fans to reduce the need for use of air-conditioners.
- Ask guests and housekeepers to run a/c fan on low when guests are not here.
- Use glasses and ceramic mugs rather than plastic throwaways.
- Install low flush toilets
- Purchase local and organic when possible (we would grow our own mango tree if possible)
- Use cloth grocery bags to reduce plastic bags
- Use washable bowls for weekly ice-cream socials. Wash sturdy cups and plastic-ware used Next Door.
- Use biodegradable laundry and cleaning products
- Use low water consumption practices and appliances
- Vinegar works wonders – Vinegar, water, and a spot of dish detergent make a great glass cleaner
- Prolong the use of materials (building, dishes, furniture) by allowing non-harmful chips and dings and by repairing instead of replacing where possible (did grandma have perfect dishes? –oh yeah; we ARE using her dishes)
- Re-Reeding damaged dining room chairs
- Repurpose containers and other items to delay recycle or landfill (gallon plastic containers make nice toilet brush holders, gallon coffee tins make nice storage containers)
- We keep looking for new ways to show our love for mother earth and we thank our guests for joining us in this adventure.