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How Green is your B&B? and the 2011 Solar Fiesta in Albuquerque

What can a bed and breakfast do to become more green? Well, that depends on a lot of variables, so we do what we can in our area of Albuquerque. Adobe Nido B&B does it’s best to be a green bed and breakfast by doing the following.

We recycle plastic, tin, aluminum, cardboard and plastic through our city’s curbside recycling program, and take it a step further by hauling glass to the recycling bins provided in our neighborhood. We encourage guests to separate trash and if they don’t, no problem…we can pull the plastic, aluminum and glass out ourselves for recycling.

Provide biodegradable water bottles for our guests
We have all seen the commercials on tv showing how much plastic we are creating by the water bottles. We now provide refillable water bottles for our guests that, if tossed and sent to a land fill, will biodegrade in 3 years. Not too bad.

Recycle what we can right here
Why buy plastic trash liners and laundry bags for the guest rooms when they just add to the problem? We use our own bags at the supermarket most of the time, but sometimes we go for the recyclable plastic bags because they are perfect for the guest room trash cans, dirty laundry, and for collecting other items destined for the recycle center.Use and reuse and then recycle.

Being water wise
We have xeriscaped our yard with mostly low water use plants and have gotten rid of the thirsty grass. The only non-water wise plants are edibles, and some of them are low water use too. I know the grass looks good, but changes must be made. Here in the high desert that Albuquerque is, we are only allowed to water once a week in November and March, twice a week in September, October, April and May, and three times per week in June, July and August. It is barely enough, but here in New Mexico the saying is, “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting”. You get the picture. Water is a precious resource here and soon will be everywhere.

We also have installed all low flush toilets and encourage guests to hang their towels to dry in their rooms instead of having them replaced daily. Since we have such low humidity in New Mexico, everything dries quickly. This way our guests can help us comply with the City of Albuquerque’s request that we do as little laundry as possible to ensure that our water table can withstand the droughts and not be polluted with detergents.

Use Alternative Energy sources
In New Mexico we have wind power fed into the grid, and here at our Albuquerque bed and breakfast we opt to dedicate a percentage of our bill to Wind Energy. In other words, we pay a higher rate to utilize the electricity generated by the wind turbines that is sent to the grid. This is a big deal, especially since we can’t optimize solar power on our property because of lot size and neighboring trees. At lease can at least do our part to subsidize alternative energy.

The New Mexico Wind Energy Center, our electric company’s (PNM) first renewable energy project went online in October 2003, and is located 170 miles southeast of Albuquerque out on the eastern plains where the wind blows hard and often. There are now two PNM Wind Energy Centers with the newest facility located just south of Albuquerque in Los Lunas.  Wind power production does not require water, produce emissions or generate solid waste. A third facility is under construction now in the southern part of New Mexico, near Deming, and two more are in the planning stages.

For more years than I can remember Albuquerque holds a Solar Fiesta. I have attended for several years and it has provided me with quite an education. There are many workshops to attend and fabulous vendors that are eager to share their knowledge as well as their products. Here are the details for this year’s Solar Fiesta:

WHEN – August 27 & 28, 2011, 10am to 5pm each day
WHERE – Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd, NE, Albuquerque (Click link for a map)
COST – FREE admission, $5.00 parking

We are looking for more green B&B ideas. If you have additional ideas on how we can be more green and still give our guests a unique and comfortable experience, please leave us a comment!

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Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!

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One Response to “How Green is your B&B? and the 2011 Solar Fiesta in Albuquerque”

  1. Bunny Terry says:

    Love this post and would really like to share it on my blog at http://www.ilovenewmexicoblog.com. I wanted to talk about Solar Fest and your post will give me some great material, if I can paraphrase, provide a link and then add info on Solar Fest. I’ll also be linking to your blog on my site! Thanks for posting.

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