In July 2011 we installed Photovoltaic Solar Panels on our stable roofs which are currently producing significant electricity!. This will go some way towards offsetting the carbon emissions of our oil boiler and of our beloved AGA, which we use during the winter months only.
We use low energy bulbs. We have fitted Eco heads on the power showers to reduce water consumption. We have a septic tank with a soak away.
We heat our Annexe using an Air Source Heat Exchange Pump (HEP).
A HEP is in effect an air conditioning plant in reverse! This new technology takes energy from external air, and operates down to temperatures of -
The HEP unit we have chosen has an energy coefficient of up to 4.1 (in summer) so for every 1 KW of energy used we will be getting 4 KW of energy from the exchange pump. Colder winter temperatures should see a coefficient of 2 to 1.
The food stuffs used are purchased locally from traceable sources wherever possible. Eggs are from our own free range and very happy hens. All meats used are from free range and outdoor reared stock. Our oak smoked salmon is Scottish Salmon smoked one mile away at the Fjordling Smokehouses, West Winterslow and features in our speciality breakfast. We use Fairtrade tea and coffee in the Guest rooms and for breakfast.
Our complimentary toiletries are environmentally friendly ‘Basic Earth’ products which use biodegradable packaging.
Tissues supplied in the guest rooms are made almost entirely from sugar cane rather than paper.
We try to minimise our own household waste for which we are responsible that ends up in a landfill site.
We recycle our cardboard, paper, tins, glass, and plastic bottles/containers where possible.
We have a blue wheelie bin and black box in the front car park, and guests are welcome to use the appropriate recycling container if they have bottles/cardboard/paper from their journey to recycle on their arrival.
We compost all kitchen waste.
We have installed 5 large water butts that collect the rainwater. We use this for watering our many tubs and hanging baskets.
Our WC’s are dual flush to manage the amount of water flushed away. All waste water goes into our septic tank.