Sunnyside Guest House Sustainability Policy

Sunnyside Sustainability Policy

We are undertaking the following actions to responsibly lessen our impact on the environment wherever possible, by:

Recycling

  • We separate recyclable and none recyclable waste including paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, tin and batteries. Once sorted the recycled waste is sent off for processing.
  • We have installed heated towel rails in 7 of our 10 bathrooms to make it easy for guests to reuse towels.
  • Rather than disposing of old towels they become rags for cleaning.
  • Our cleaning cloths are washed and re-used rather than using disposable wipes and cloths.
  • Many items of furniture have been given away to people locally rather than taking to landfill. Old bedding has been donated to an animal charity who use them for dogs bedding.
  • We use refillable ink cartridges for our printer.

 

Reusable rather than disposable (Electronic rather than printed)

  • The in room hospitality tray is stocked with reusable coffee mugs, glasses and spooks rather than plasticware, paper, or styrofoam.
  • In the bathroom we use liquid refillable soaps and body wash rather than single use toiletries.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, we been using a guest management system. This has allowed customers to check in remotely and online reducing paper. Since guests have started checking in online we have found most guests no longer print booking confirmation to present at the counter.
  • Guests are not required to print or show confirmations of booking.
  • We ask guests if the would like a receipt to save paper.

Water conservation

  • All our toilets are fitted with a dual flush option helping reduce water consumption.
  • All of our guests rooms have the option of a shower. Showers have a reduce water consumption in comparison to baths.
  • Where we have baths in en-suites, smaller 1500mm baths have been install which helps reduce water consumption.
  • We conduct regular maintenance checks for leaks and ensure bath and basin plugs are in full working order.
  • We ensure washing machines are fully loaded before use
  • We plant drought – resistant / low maintenance plants which help reduce overall water requirements. We also grow our own plants from seed, reusing previous years pots.
  • Aerators are fitted to all bathroom taps to help create a mixture of water and air, making the stream smoother and help reduce water usage.
  • Although our bedrooms have baths they are the slightly smaller 1500mm bath to reduce water usage.
  • Washing machines are A+++ rated and are 1400 spin speed to reduce drying times and have a reduced water consumption.
  • A pressurised hot water cylinder has been installed providing an instant hot water circulation loop. As a result water is not wasted waiting for hot water to come through.
  • New kettles have been installed within 6 rooms that have clear marking to help customers boil the water they are going to consume. The kettles are also smaller reducing water consumption.
  • Dining tables wipeable tops to reduce washing of table cloths.

Heating and cooling

  • Boilers are serviced every 12 months to ensure they are running efficiently
  • All bedroom radiators are fitted with a thermostat and have been replaced with convection radiators fitted with fins and insulated foil backing making them more efficient than the old flat panel radiators.
  • Ensure radiators in rooms are turned off when unoccupied.
  • Separate boilers have been installed to service different floors of the building. We try to fill one floor before opening the next. This helps reduce energy consumption.
  • Radiators are fitted with Aladdin auto air valves negating the need for bleeding the radiators and ensuring they are always running efficiently.
  • Fins on the radiators are cleaned on a regular basis, this cleans the airways making the radiator more efficient.
  • We have recently installed blinds to the windows, this helps regulate the temperature within the rooms, keeping them cool during the summer. This is most helpful in our front south facing rooms reducing the use of fans to cool guests. In addition all curtains in guests rooms are lined for their thermal qualities but are also blackout to block the sun on warmer days.
  • 8 of our 10 bedrooms have been insulated with 400mm insulation to keep rooms war during the winter months. We use Knauf Eko Insulation which is “one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable products around – it’s made using recycled glass”
  • Double glazing is fitted throughout the building apart from where they are required to meet fire regulations.
  • Draft excluders on the bottom of bedroom doors to reduce drafts and keep the bedrooms warm.

Electrical appliances and energy consumption

  • All lights throughout the building including shaving light and bedside lights are LED.
  • Washing machines are A+++ rated and are 1400 spin speed to reduce drying times and have a reduced water consumption.
  • During summer months all washing is dried naturally on the line. We have a drying space on communal land at the back of the property.
  • New kettles that have been installed within 6 rooms are low energy / fast boil. The kettles have a widget inside that allows you to boil exactly the right amount of water that you plan to consume, which helps to reduce energy consumption.
  • The fridges installed in the rooms are A+ energy efficient.
  • We don’t have electric showers, all are pumped by mains water pressure.
  • We operate a ‘switch off’ policy by turning off TV’s, computer equipment and our printer when not in use.

 

Food

  • Unused or leftover food is given away locally to prevent wastage.
  • We have a good stock rotation system in place so food going out of date soonest is used first which helps prevent food wastage.
  • When we purchase food from supermarkets we often walk to the shops. We don’t drive a car.
  • We purchase free range eggs from a local farm.
  • We purchase fruit and vegetables from a local farm when its in season.
  • Waste oil from the kitchen is recycled.
  • Our PG Tipps Tea is 100% rainforest alliance certified and the tea bags don’t contain micro plastics.
  • Our sugar sachets available on the in room hospitality tray are from fairly traded sources.

What we are looking to do:

  • Make recycling options easy to spot. Provide Recycling bins at reception.
  • Cut down on the use of plastic water bottles.
  • Add a water filling station in reception with reusable reciprocals.
  • Cut down on the use of plastic used on hospitality try. Offer small bottles of milk in the fridge which should help reduce use of small plastic cartons.
  • Provide in room signage to encouraging reuse of towels and switching off lights and appliances when they aren’t in use.
  • Change napkins from disposable to reusable.
  • Start composting used teabags and coffee beans.
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