By Jonathan Clarke
A major part of being a green traveller is being responsible when you arrive on holiday and at your hotel.
By making a few simple choices at your hotel, you can help to save a lot of energy and help play your part towards being green.
So what can you do when you arrive at the hotel? The first thing you can do is to unplug as many electrical appliances as you can. There's no need for that flatscreen TV to be on standby the entire time you're at the hotel. Only plug it in if you want to watch it. Similarly, the hairdryer, coffee maker and lamps don't need to be plugged in the whole time.
Smart use of toiletries is a key way in which you can save energy at your hotel. If you use your own toiletries then you'll save the hotel needing to wash and replenish theirs. If you're only staying for a few days, there's no need for fresh bars of soap and toothpaste every day. Reuse the same ones each day to reduce waste.
By Jonathan Clarke
You can also request to not have your room cleaned daily. There's no need for fresh sheets, vacuum cleaning and new towels each day. You don't change them every single day at home, so why have them changed at the hotel? It's just using up extra water and energy to wash them.
You can also adjust the thermostat in your room. Simply shifting the temperature down a couple of degrees will help to save energy. You should also ensure everything is turned off every time you leave the room. Thermostat, television, lights, alarm clock, make sure it's all powered down and, if possible, unplugged. It's the small things that all add up to save a significant amount of energy.
Our final tip for staying green at your hotel is to take shorter showers wherever possible. Taking a shorter shower simply means using less water, which is good all-round for staying green.
As you can see, staying green at your hotel is a fairly straightforward process. It just requires a little attention and thought about what you're doing. By getting into the green mindset, you'll find it starts to come naturally after a while.
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