Sustainable Tourism – Reduced Energy Consumption
Sustainable tourism is defined as: “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities” by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) (the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible tourism, sustainable tourism and universally accessible tourism).
Currently, 70 – 80% of electricity in Australia is generated from coal. Not great for our environment.
With this in mind, we are continually reducing our energy consumption and recently I decided to have a look at whether or not our efforts have been successful. They sure have been!! Over the last 7 years our energy usage has reduced by approximately 40%. At the same time the number of visitors we serve has almost tripled!!!
How did we do it?
- We replaced energy inefficient heating in all our cabins with split system air-conditioning systems
- We turn off the power to any cabin that is not in use. This also prolongs the life of our refrigerators and freezers
- As old appliances wear out (eg fridges and freezers) we replace them with good quality, energy efficient models
- We replaced small, inefficient electric hot water systems with gas systems (this had the added benefit of ensuring our guests hot water never runs out)
- We installed solar panels
- All our accommodation has plenty of natural lighting
- We use energy efficient light globes
- We no longer sell ice cream or soft drinks – the glass fridges and freezers are astoundingly inefficient and the products and packaging have no positive impact on our health or the earth’s health.
- We sell reusable BPA free water bottles with as much free water from the tap as you would like 🙂
We have also reduced our waste production and will be planting lots of trees and shrubs both here and at home … so …. bit by bit we’re going greener. Sustainable Tourism – Loving It :)))