We are all encouraged to do our bit for the planet. Whether you are on a business or a leisure trip, it makes perfect sense to stay at a green B &B and join in with us doing our bit to protect the environment
Most of the world is still using wood for heating and cooking. In Britain we have been spoilt with cheap and abundant North Sea oil and gas. Our modern society was built on the bounty this brought with it. However, as this has now all but gone, our children and grandchildren will not have this advantage. They will need to rely on more traditional fuels and locally sustainable economies. Britain is now slowly making efforts to catch up with the rest of Europe and the developed world in adopting renewable energy.
Renewable energy is energy from any source that is naturally replenished when used. Often called 'renewables', or 'green energy'.
The sources of renewable energy that we are utilising at Bryn-y-Ddafad are:
- energy from sunlight
- plants grown for fuel (biomass or biofuels)
South Wales and the South West of England have the perfect climate for growing trees. Expanding forests need to be thinned to ensure a healthy final crop of timber. They also need to be managed to gain the most benefit for wildlife to survive and people to enjoy.
Timber is a natural product which is entirely renewable as long as trees continue to grow. Unlike oil, gas and coal, timber does not add to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. When fossil fuels were formed they absorbed carbon dioxide from a very different climate. The earth was hotter and the air had higher concentrations of greenhouse gases than today. By burning fossil fuels we are returning the environment to that state of many millions of years ago. This is being felt in the effects of global warming.
Carbon dioxide produced from the timber products has only recently been taken from the atmosphere. In fact only in the time it has taken the trees to grow. Using wood for fuel is therefore carbon neutral. If we continue to pour carbon dioxide from fossil fuels into the atmosphere we will make life on earth as we know it much more difficult.
By using renewables we are:
- making use of secure, local resources
- reducing our dependence on non-renewable energy
- helping to keep the air clean
- helping to reduce the production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
Being an eco B &B involves much more than the obvious energy saving measures and having no-smoking rooms. We try to think ‘green’ ‘eliminate, reduce, reuse, and recycle’.
Here’s a taste of how we provide genuinely eco-friendly accommodation:
- Alternative energy generation- use of a Biomass wood pellet boiler for hot water and central heating during the winter period.
- Alternative energy generation –use of Solar PV panels to produce electricity all year round. The energy produced by the panels cannot be stored and if unused by us will feed into the National Grid. At Bryn-y-Ddafad we are high electricity users, particularly in the summer months when we are at our busiest and panel production is at its peak. Our laundry is all done ’in house’ and we are able to maximise the use of our ‘home produced’ electricity by careful monitoring of the amount of electricity being produced and the timing of use of our washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. This has resulted in a reduction of over 50% of the electricity we take from the grid.
- Alternative energy generation – use of Solar Thermal Panels to partially heat the hot water during the warmer periods.
- Compliance with all environmental legislation to a minimum standard with a commitment to continuous improvement.
- Use locally sourced and organic produce where possible. They give guests a flavour of the area and support local business. The area has some fantastic producers of food, drink and arts and crafts. Ask us about our local farmers market.
- Never knowingly use genetically modified ingredients or products.
- Provision of energy efficient flat screen TVs and energy efficient lighting.
- Accessible recycling bins make recycling easy and convenient for everybody.
- Environmentally friendly towel re-use program, we ask our guests to place towels in the shower or bath when they require a change rather than expecting an automatic change every day.
- Double glazing.
- Allergy awareness when choosing furnishings and cleaning materials.
- Minimal chemical use in housekeeping and garden.
- Minimise waste and ensure that there is effective control, which promotes recycling where possible and provides responsible disposal, particularly with regard to hazardous wastes.
- Use of local contractors for installation of Solar Panels and Biomass boiler
- Use of local contractors for maintenance work.
- Bicycle storage facilities. Cyclists Welcome Award. Walkers Welcome Award.
- Garden composting program.
How guests can help.
- Remember to turn the tap off whilst brushing your teeth.
- Turn down the central heating by the thermostat, rather than opening the windows to let the heat escape.
- Reduce energy consumption by turning off lights when not required.
- You can also support us in our efforts to recycle by using the bins provided.
- Try to avoid overly packaged goods and say no to that extra carrier bag. There are no free bags in Wales so if you’re planning to shop during your visit try and remember to take your own.
- Help us to look after the landscape and wildlife by not littering, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly. Ensure you follow the Countryside Code. www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk.