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How to Stay Green on the Road

 

Most travelers don't practice good "eco-etiquette" at hotels. Empty hotel rooms with the lights on, the television blaring, and on some occasions, the shower running!

We don't think anyone is intentionally wasteful on the road and to help travelers be more environmentally conscious on the road, here are the following tips:

Get unplugged: Many people don't realize that their cellphone charger, laptop cable and other electrical plugs drain power while they are plugged in, even if they are not in use.

Seize the day: Take advantage of natural light as much as possible--it is as renewing for your spirits as it is for the planet.

Chill out: Hotels are often climate-controlled, but many will let you adjust the room temperature. Always set the temperature around 68 degrees in winter and 78 degrees in summer to maximize both energy efficiency and personal comfort.

Lights out: Keeping the bathroom light off overnight makes a big impact and will help you to sleep better. Traveling with a night light is an easy, eco-friendly alternative.

Conserve while you sleep: The survey confirmed that only a small percentage of people change their linens every day at home, so why should a hotel be any different? Taking advantage of a hotel's linen reuse policy is a smart choice.

Use common sense: Be sure to turn off the lights and TV and make sure faucets are closed before leaving your room.



 

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