So, if you’ve stayed at Carriage Corner anytime since mid-October, 2016 you know we are originally from Seattle. Which means we are tree hugging hippies! Okay, not really, but we are very environmentally conscious, always have been. Since day one, we’ve been changing what we could to keep Carriage Corner Going Green. So, imagine my surprise when we got here and found out the local garbage company didn’t offer recycling. ::thehorror::
So, for the past 15 months, we’ve done everything we could continue going green and help reduce our carbon foot print, including:
- We compost as much as we can and use that beautiful, rich soil in our gardens;
- We keep the thermostats set low in both the summer and the winter;
- We added energy efficient fireplaces in all of the guest rooms;
- We’ve eliminated the need for auxiliary window air conditioning units in the guest rooms;
- We updated the washer and dryer to more energy efficient models;
- We changed all the shower heads to be more water friendly;
- We stock refillable, environmentally friendly luxury bath products in all of our guest rooms;
- We keep a britta pitcher full in the fridge at all times and encourage guests to fill their water bottles; and
- We’ve been loading up the recycling to recycle it ourselves.
For Christmas 2017, we got the best gift ever! A garbage company that wasn’t servicing our area expanded. They now service our area – so no more taking the recycling in ourselves. Now, we just take it to the curb and they pick it up!
What does this mean for you, our guests? Nothing really. The garbage is all sorted for you – so all you need to do is what you have been. But we’ve also added garbage can in the garage specifically for recycling if you want go green and take care of it yourself.
What other things do we do that benefit our guests, the environment and keep us moving forward on the going green path?
- Indoor lights in public spaces are on timers; outdoor floodlights are on motion sensors
- Use LED bulbs
- Grow our own herbs, edible flowers and small vegetable garden
- planted loads of fruits – figs, raspberries, strawberries & kiwi, researching the hardiest varieties for the area
- Freeze or preserve food so it doesn’t go to waste
- Recycle large glass bottles into craft projects – herb planters and candles to name a few
- Shop at and support locally owned retailers
- Use Energy Star appliances
- Re-use furniture – all of our antiques have been lovingly used by other generations
- Donate to Goodwill and utilize services such as Craigslist and Freecycle. See www.freecycle.org and www.craigslist.com
- Take re-usable bags to the grocery store
- Pay bills online and receive e-statements
- UL-certified power strips provided in guest rooms where needed
- Windows and screens kept in good working order so we can open them on days when the temperatures are moderate
- Guest rooms are individually cooled, therefore eliminating the need to cool rooms that are not in use
- Ask guests to partner with us in our green efforts by re-using towels and sheets
- We are currently looking into installing a rain barrel to collect runoff water for outdoor watering
- Cloth napkins are used at the breakfast table
Our Green efforts continue as we find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and be more environmentally friendly. My personal favorite is using the clothesline – which I do with our personal laundry but am a bit hesitant to do with Carriage Corner’s laundry. I’m worried about allergies and line dried sheets and towels. So talk to me – how do you feel about freshly laundered linens blowing in the breeze?