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Quick Tips

Explore these quick tips for great ideas on how to make your business more green.
  • Complete a purchasing review. Purchasing goods in bulk instead of in single-use packages can save you money as well as reduce your solid waste output.
  • Avoid chemical disinfectants and bleach-based cleaners and consider inexpensive natural solutions.
  • Consider LCD screens for dynamic, onsite information.
  • Talk to staff to identify areas where money can be saved.
  • Post signs in guest rooms to encourage voluntary resource conservation. This will help promote green practices and save money.
  • Plant native species in gardens and landscaped areas as they require minimal watering and maintenance. Consider grey water collection systems and rain barrels to reduce the amount of tap water needed– a step that will also save money.
  • Accommodation providers can reduce energy consumption by 20‐40% –and thus minimize costs– without adversely affecting performance. Energy conservation strategies include:
    • Keeping the freezer as full as possible, since frozen food helps to conserve the cold. If the freezer is not full put covered containers filled with water in to assist the process.
    • If you are purchasing a new refrigerator, consider that models with automatic defrost systems consume 30% more electricity.
    • Clean air conditioner filters every 15 days to prevent motor overload and improve efficiency.
    • Thermal insulation can save up to 50% of the energy used in heating or air conditioning.
    • Use trees and hedges to prevent wind from blowing directly against buildings and facilities. These barriers can protect natural areas from noise and light.
  • Use energy in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Turn all computer components (including the CPU, monitor and printer) off when not in use. Turning off a monitor is comparable to turning off a 75-watt light bulb. Install LED bulbs wherever possible.
  • Compost organics to reduce solid waste and consider using the compost as a cheap fertilizer for your landscaped areas. Homemade compost bins are cost-effective.
  • Consider painting walls light colours to take better advantage of both natural and artificial light.
  • Implement efficient water use strategies, including toilet dams, low-flow shower heads and dual-flush toilets.  Identify and fix leaks. Keep track of monthly water consumption, and consider installing a meter in each operating area. A small leak in a toilet can waste over 4 thousand litres of water in one year. A large leak can waste more than 96 thousand litres of water per year.