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Green Travel Tips
Before You Leave Home
- Turn water heater to "Vacation" or lowest setting.
- Turn off AC/heat or adjust the thermostat to protect plants, etc.
- Turn water off at outside connection (to prevent flooding should a pipe break while you are gone). When you return, turn water on slowly and check for problems.
- Appliances, such as TVs and cable converter boxes, should be unplugged because they draw or "leak" as much as 40 watts per hour even when they are turned off.
- Turn icemaker off (lift wire) to prevent flooding should it break while you're away.
- Stop your newspaper. You may be able to donate it to a local school.
Preparing for Green Travel
- Purchase electronic-tickets for airline travel whenever possible. If paper tickets are lost, they may cost $75 - $100 to replace.
- Enjoy walking tours. Walk where sensible.
- Use public transportation when available.
- Use the bus or local transit system. Share taxis. Less pollution, and you can leave the driving to others.
- If you're driving, turn your motor off when idling. Encourage tour/bus drivers to turn the motor off when idliing.
- Don't allow anything to be thrown out of your car windows - ever!
Green Things to Do at the Resort
- To keep track of which towel belongs to each family member, pack a handful of safety pins and small colored beads. Attach a pin and bead to each towel, using a designated color for each family member. Remove pins before you check out.
- Reduce the amount of water used for bathing and showering.
- Do not run the linens and towels through the unit washer & dryer prior to check-out.
- Our thermostats are set at a comfortable setting. Please use discretion when changing the settings.
- When you leave your unit, turn off the lights, TV and radio. Close the drapes.
- Carry a dry cleaning or grocery bag with you in which to carry dirty laundry home.
- Leave little bottles of amenities in the unit if unopened.
- Keep bar soap wrappers and take used bars of soap home.
- Instead of leaving the bathroom lights and fans on all night, pack night lights.
- If you purchase a newspaper, pass it on to someone else, or leave it in the lobby for another reader.
- Help reduce paper by allowing us to email your confirmation and receipts.
Green Tips for the Tourist
- Take only the brochures and maps necessary. Return others to the brochure stand.
- Make a pledge to yourself not to maim or kill any living creatures other than pest insects. Educate yourself as to which are "beneficials" and which are truly "pests."
- Use binoculars and cameras to see wildlife such as deer and elk. Don't get too close or disturb them in any way, especially in the winter when they need to conserve their strength and energy.
- Take only photographs. Do not take "souvenirs" from natural or historical areas.
- Leave only footprints. Take everything out that you brought with you. No graffiti, no litter, no kleenex or toilet paper, no food wrappers or food scraps.
- Use public restroom facilities - don't use the woods! And don't leave kleenex or toilet paper on the trails!
- Support the local conservation programs.
- Pick up at least one pieceof litter every day - especially in our national forest areas and tourist locations which are vulnerable to huge tourist populations.
- Take photos with a regular camera. Disposable cameras are very wasteful and expensive. If possible, use a digital camera.
- Buy rolls of film with 36 shots rather than 12 or 24. Packaging waste is reduced and you'll save 40%.
- Write legibly on your film package. Kodak discards 400,000 rolls of film annually due to illegible return addresses.
- Expensive cosmetic bags are unnecessary and often to not prevent or control spills. Use zippable plastic bags for cosmetics. Separate bath needs from makeup needs.
- Rather than buying small sized toothpaste tubes, squeeze some toothpaste into a clean contact lens case or contact lens cleaning capsule. Be sure to make it appropriately.