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're gone). When you return, turn on the water slowly and check for problems.
Appliances, such as TVs and cable converter boxes, should be unplugged because they can draw or "leak" as much as 40 watts per hour even when they're 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. Less waste. If paper tickets are lost, they may cost $75-100 to have replaced.
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 idling.
Don't allow anything to be thrown out of your car windows--ever.
Things to Do at the Resort
To keep track of which towel belongs to which 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 the pins before checkout.
Reduce the amount of water used for bathing or showering.
Do not run the linens and towels through the unit washer & dryer prior to check-out.
Our thermostats are locked at a comfortable setting. We will unlock them on request.
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 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 or maps necessary. Return others to the brochure stand.
Don't buy endangered species products such as tortoise shell, ivory, animal skins or feathers. Don't purchase star fish or turtle-shell related souvenirs or any creature that may have been put to death for the sake of a gift shop sale. These animals may have been killed specifically for tourist trade. Sea shells are questionable.
Make a pledge to yourself not to maim or kill any living creature other than pest insects. Educate yourself as to which are "beneficials" and which are truly "pests."
Use binoculars and cameras to "hunt" animals.
Take only photographs. Do not take "souvenirs" from natural areas or historical areas.
Leave only footprints. Take everything out that you brought with you. No graffiti, no litter.
Support conservation programs.
Pick up at least one piece of litter every day-especially at national 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 about 40%*.
Write legibly on your film package. Kodak discards 400,000 rolls of film annually because the return address is illegible.*
Expensive cosmetic bags are unnecessary and often do not prevent or control spills. Use zippable plastic bags for cosmetics. Separate bath needs and makeup needs.
Rather than buying small size toothpaste tubes, squeeze some toothpaste into a clean contact lens case or contact lens cleaning capsule. Be sure to mark appropriately.
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