Dahlonega’s Green Bed and Breakfast Inn Features
Eco/Earth Friendly, Green Lodging
As the owners of Dahlonega’s green bed and breakfast we are sensitive to the Earth we call home and the utilization and conservation of our natural resources and provide an alternative that has less impact on the Earth’s resources than other types of lodging while maintaining a comfortable environment.
“Your advocacy for responsible, sustainable hospitality is inspiring.” The Laseters, Georgia
What have we done to preserve the earth’s resources?
In deciding where to have our inn we chose to find an existing structure needing extensive cosmetic repairs versus building a new building. A new structure would have increased our carbon footprint and the impact on the environment.
The building we purchased had great “bones” but was in serious need of renovations and repairs. The realtor mentioned that many “passed” on the property due to the condition. Had we not purchased the property it most likely would have been purchased by another party for rental property and fallen into greater disrepair.
Wildlife/Landscaping at Dahlonega’s Green Bed and Breakfast
National Arbor Day foundation found that trees can provide savings of more than 50% in air conditioning and associated energy costs and as much as 17% of heating bills.
We have added wildflower and native plant/tree areas to reduce mowing, watering and maintenance at Dahlonega’s green bed and breakfast.
Energy & Water Conservation
The average Georgian uses 25% more electricity in their home than the national average. And more than 97% of the electricity generated in the state comes from nonrenewable sources of energy.
If every American home replaced just 5 high-use incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents, each family would save more than $60 every year in energy costs. Together we’d keep more than one trillion pounds of greenhouse gases out of our air – equal to the emissions of 8 million cars. That’s a $6 billion energy savings for Americans, equivalent to the annual output of more than 21 power plants. Energy Star
We wash bed and bath linens with an EnergyStar high efficiency rated washer.
earth friendly bleach for whitening towels.
In the inn, storm windows have also been added to all windows and ceiling fans in every room to reduce heating and cooling needs. Caulking has been performed to minimize outside air filtration.
In the future we hope to add solar hot water heating systems and solar electric.
Rain gutters were added on the north side of the house with two large rain barrels for harvesting water for garden and plant watering.
The composting toilets evaporate the liquids and create a usable compost at the end of the composting process. Composting toilets also do not require a septic system that often requires the destruction of trees and vegetation for drain fields.
We use only organic milk and eggs. We also purchase organic coffee.
The garden produces asparagus and herbs. Blueberries, autumn olives, cherries, plums, blackberries and wineberries were also planted.
We are also mindful to purchase food that is not in containers/packaging that cannot be recycled.
We use copy paper that has recycled content.
In order to save trees we do not print brochures.
Recycling, Reuse, Composting & Gardening
Americans dispose of 810,000 aluminum cans/year. If they were recycled 730 million gallons of oil would be saved by not making new cans from scratch.Sierra Club
Bottle trees and shrubs have been built from our guests’ used wine bottles (see picture below). They are colorful and provide an “artsy” look to the gardens.
We have also used beer bottles for flower garden edging.
Paper towels and toilet paper are made from recycled paper (from Publix GreenWise and Kroger Simple Truth) to conserve trees and use cloth napkins at breakfast that can be reused.
Cooked food waste is disposed of in our solar food composter.
Garden, vegetable scraps are composted in our composting bins.
Wild blackberries and cultivated wineberries add sweetness to summer meals.
Food waste sent to landfills generate a majority of the methane gas (worse than carbon dioxide) created by landfills and can make up as much as 40% of landfill trash. A solar food composter can help.
We only make trips to the local landfill every few months since we either compost, recycle or reuse most of what is normally discarded.
Shopping at the local nonprofit thrift store (Community Helping Place) for household items and clothing is done frequently. We in turn donate things no longer needed or use back to the thrift store.
If every household in the U.S. replaced just 1 roll of virgin toilet paper with just 1 recycled roll 424,000 trees would be saved. Kleercut.net
The average home contains 25 gallons of hazardous chemicals – a major portion of these can be found in household cleaning products. Deirdre Imus
We make most of our own cleaning products. Visit our YouTube channel for a video we made on how to make your own all purpose green cleaner.
Plastic grocery bags are recycled for trash can liners as previously noted.
Soap and shampoo dispensers reduce waste in guest bathrooms (no little plastic bottles or unused soap bars to throw away). Another way we help the earth by being a green bed and breakfast inn.
What Can You Do As A Guest?
At your own home consider the ” 5 R’s, Rethink your purchases, discover your consumer power; Respect life; Reduce the amount you purchase; ReUse what you already have; Recycle to save energy and water (keep paper glass, plastic and aluminum out of overflowing landfills)”. from the book “One Makes a Difference” by Julia Butterfly Hill
“Although we recycle at home, we probably waste without being aware. You have certainly given us an awareness that will help us make small changes to “Going Green” and small changes can make a big difference in the future for our girls.” The French’s, Georgia
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