Sustainability

Eco-friendly Practices

We strive to implement progressive eco-friendly  practices. Our goal is to minimize our use of natural resources while still providing an exceptional lodging guest experience. Sustainability is always top of mind for us, in both our professional and personal lives.  We  realize that going green is a journey and  welcome any suggestions our guests have that will enhance our quest to  minimize our impact on the environment and become more eco-friendly.  Below is a list of actions we’ve taken to  reduce our environmental footprint. Energy:

  • Installed 32 solar panels (10kW system) on our barn, which now generates more electricity than we use
  • Improved the insulation of the house to save energy
  • Almost all landscape lighting is solar-powered

Appliances: 

  • All appliances are energy-efficient (Energy Star)
  • Low-flow toilets and low-flow shower heads in all bathrooms
  • Energy-efficient light bulbs are used throughout the house, barn and Bunkie
  • Upgraded the furnace to a computer optimized  more energy-efficient Boderus furnace

Materials/Supplies: 

  • Use of  non-toxic natural wood preservation products on the barn exterior 
  • Reused and/or recycled as much material as possible during our extensive renovations
  • All bathroom amenities are eco-friendly
  • Guest rooms are equipped with glass-carafes instead of plastic water bottles to avoid waste
  • Installed a water treatment system to decrease acidity to extend the life of pipes and appliances
  • Use of only ecological cleaning products or vinegar and baking soda; only non-toxic cleaning products are used
  • No use of air-fresheners with chemical scents 
  • All wall paint used is Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) free or very low VOC
  • Use of eco-friendly laundry soap
  • Use of mostly organic cotton sheets

Practices: 

  • Use of indoor drying racks instead of a conventional dryer 
  • Recycling of all paper, plastic, glass and metal; egg cartons are given to farmers to re-use
  • Composting all left-over food and biodegradable materials
  • Serving as much organic and local food as possible
  • Drinking water is treated with reverse osmosis filter rather than chemicals or buying drinking water
  • Encouraging guests to reuse towels and sheets
  • Recycling of all batteries and light bulbs 
  • Combine trips as much as possible to reduce vehicle kilometres travelled
  • Promoting bicycling into town by providing complimentary guest bikes
  • Guest rooms are equipped with blue recycling boxes and sorting of garbage to recycle as much as possible
  • Encouraging the bee population by avoiding mowing some of the fields to  let wildflowers grow; not using pesticides and creating bee habitats by  creating piles of branches (we also plan to put up beehives in 2020!)

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Solar Panels on Barn Roof. Image by Frauke Wenzel