We have had our business now since December 2010 for 5 years, over the past few years we have strived to implement more and more best practice in our business and these practices have in as much as possible been eco orientated and focused in the local economy.
We are focused and committed to the following:
- We use fuels in our stove for our primary heating that are sourced in the county, our turf comes off bogs that are not in environmentally sensitive areas and are harvested by small scale family operators.
- We reduce the amount of energy we need to purchase for heating water by using water heated by our Solar tubes and use hot water sparingly.
- We are constantly striving to make our premises more energy efficient and kinder to the environment, In January 2016 we have completed an insulation upgrade in the downstairs of the B&B, we plan to follow this with a phased replacement of windows throughout the building, starting in the spring with B&B room windows and breakfast room windows from single glaze to energy efficient triple glaze, we have also upgraded the attic insulation.
- We are changing our refrigeration in the bar, Beer cooling will be changed with a €14k investment in Beer Cooling technology reducing our energy usage by 60% and we are putting in walk in fridges for our food stores making our food refrigeration more stable and this new food walk in fridge will replace some of the older less efficient units in the kitchen presently, for a €5k investment we forecast a 40% reduction in energy usage..
- We are after renovating the ground floor of the B&B and are reusing some of the old furniture by restoring it ourselves.
- We are looking at changing our energy suppliers at the moment, we are looking to see who uses more renewables as a percentage of energy created for the national grid and this will influence our decision.
- When deciding on throws for our B&B beds we went to Foxford Woollen Mills for the throws for the beds, its local as in Mayo and totally Irish made