BnB owner? How to reduce your impact on the environment

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Owning and running your own bed and breakfast is an impressive achievement. You have worked hard to build your business and create the holiday destination your guests have only dreamed of. That said, you are likely not aware of how your BnB impacts the environment. You might think that, because you are a small BnB your impact is not too significant, but even your quaint little cottage can affect the environment in some way.

You can look into using water recycling technology or invest in a wastewater recycling process such as using greywater to water your garden and flush your toilets. Or you could speak to a professional wastewater recycling plant about wastewater reuse strategies that are safe and easy to implement. Outlined below are some tips and tricks that you can use for your BnB to save water which are cost-effective and simple to follow.

Go energy-saving with your technology

Aside from water reuse, saving energy is one of the best ways that a BnB can lower its green footprint. This is because up to 75 percent of the environmental impact of a hotel comes from using too much energy and electricity.

You can install energy-saving technologies in your rooms and other areas, such as lights which save energy and high-quality appliances which are eco-friendly. Energy-saving light bulbs do not mean that you are compromising on quality, but that you are thinking of your effect on the environment. You can also ask guests not to leave lights on in rooms they are not using in order to save electricity.

Perform a water audit

In South Africa, water is a highly valuable resource, especially in areas where there is a drought. You can join in the effort to save water resources by performing a water audit on your BnB. A water audit will examine all points of entry from water sources into your property and their exit points to ascertain where and how the water is being used.

You will be able to find where water is being wasted or misused and if there is any potable water that is being used for issues that could be solved with treated wastewater instead. A water audit company will provide you with all of this data and you can put this to use creating a treatment solution or recycling system. You could ask guests to shower instead or bath, and even put aeration filters on taps so that less water will be released when they are used.

Ramp up the recycling

Recycling is a great way to help with saving the environment. BnBs often have a high amount of waste that is simply thrown into dumps or landfills which could be reused in a more effective and environmentally-friendly way.

You can encourage guests to recycle by providing different recycling bins, such as for plastic, glass, paper, and mixed waste. If you have any old crockery or cutlery you can donate it to a charity store or create wall art out of striking plates that are still in good condition. If you are especially creative, you can make laundry bags from clean, old sheets for guests to use to add to your quirky charm as a BnB. Recycling plastics, glass, paper, and other items will ensure that you are not adding to the waste produced by the hospitality industry.

Go green with your laundry

You likely spend a lot of time and effort on washing your linens so that they are fresh and clean for guests. This can be detrimental to the environment, as many detergents include harmful ingredients, so it’s worth investing in greener laundry products and methods.

For example, you could invest in washing machines with a low water cycle so that they do not use as much water to clean the laundry. You could speak to a laundromat or professional linen cleaning company and ask them if they have green practices in place, which will save you time and money as you will not have to wash laundry at your BnB. If you prefer to do laundry at your own establishment, be sure to use the water for flushing toilets or watering the garden.

Going green is still luxurious

You do not have to compromise on luxury or quality when you decide to go green in your BnB. It is a simple case of changing your mindset and thinking about the environment in everything you do. You can invest in energy-saving technology to cut down costs and energy consumption or you could perform a water audit in order to save water. Whatever you choose to do, be sure that you alert guests to the changes and encourage them to go green while staying in your BnB.