In Tradicampo EcoCountry Houses there are three relevant environmental aspects to be considered: energy, water and waste.
The electric energy consumption was optimized form the beginning thanks to the installation of solar panels for the water heating process, thanks to the utilization of LED lighting, to the purchase of class A or A + household appliances, and to the installation of firewood heaters. The use of the firewood system instead of electric heaters is specially encouraged during the check-in process.
The consumption is controlled and recorded monthly. Some measures are being adopted to allow its sustainable reduction, mainly in the operating hours for additional heating of hot water and pool pump. Its operation occurs at night time, when the power supplied by the network comes in almost all of geothermal power plants.
To reduce the hours of the circulation pump pool water operation and the use of chemicals for the water maintenance, a wintering technique is used (from December to March)
Additionally, guests are invited to work through various suggestions left in the Handbook of each House.
As a result of these actions, it has been registered a decline (globally for the three houses) of the medium energy consumption per guest and per night:
The consumed water is used almost exclusively for the bathroom, the kitchen and for houses cleaning. Thanks to good levels of rainfall, the need of watering the gardens is practically nonexistent in Nordeste area. The only exception is for the swimming pool (Casas do Pátio) where water from the public network is used. Registration and a monthly monitoring of water consumption is performed.
All taps of sanitary facilities are equipped with flow reducers (max 9 l/min for the showers and 8 l/min for the taps) and the maximum volume used per flush in toilets is set for 6 liters.
According to the Preparation Plan of facilities are carried out regular inspections of all taps and flush toilets in order to prevent any leak or spill.
It can be verified a clear trend towards the stabilization of consumption per guest and per night:
The waste is recycled and divided in plastics, glass, paper, organic waste and undifferentiated wastes. The organic wastes are dumped in compositing bins that were installed outside the houses. The rest is picked up by the public services to be as well recycled. Other wastes, like cells and lamps for example, are left separately in the closest garbage Eco point.
Tradicampo offers its guests daily hygiene products in sanitary facilities, packaged in individual doses. With the exception of plastic packaging (shampoo and bath gel), the rest are in recycled material and shampoo, shower gel and soaps are biodegradable. Given its dimensions (30 ml for liquid and 20 grams for soap), the products provided are sufficient to various usages and its use has proven to be very small, so its quantization does not appear relevant.