As more consumers and businesses are “going green” to help preserve our natural environment and resources, Twiddy & Company is also exploring & implementing environmentally-friendly practices. Servicing our owners and guests requires administrative, maintenance and housekeeping efforts and our green efforts permeate each facet of the business.
In early 2008, Twiddy began replacing the common incandescent and reflector flood bulbs in our rental homes with energy-saving CFL bulbs and educating staff about the importance of recycling them according to EPA guidelines. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) save a significant amount of energy, which is compounded by the number and size of homes that we maintain in our property management program.
Although initially more expensive than incandescent bulbs, fluorescent bulbs offer considerable savings over the long run because they use 1/3 the electricity and last up to 10 times as long – as many as 10,000 hours. Dominion North Carolina Power estimates that over the life of a CFL, one can save up to $57 in energy costs. In the overall “green” effort, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that if every American home replaced just ONE light bulb with an Energy Star-qualified bulb, the country would:
Our paperless processes save an estimated 100,000 sheets of paper per year, spare the planet the carbon that would be produced in their transport & delivery, and ultimately reduce waste.
Twiddy's housekeeping crews use a collection of bulk cleaning products that are centrally dispensed into refillable bottles thereby reducing packaging waste. With hundreds of crews in force and each with multiple types of cleaning products, we are saving a lot of high density plastic from ever-burdened landfills. In addition, the housekeepers employ reusable microfiber towels instead of paper towels once again reducing the amount of resources and waste. Microfiber shines well, too!
Twiddy supports ReCORK in their effort to collect wine & champagne cork stoppers and covert them into beautiful wine cork tiles. Please bring your pure cork stoppers to the office upon check-out and Twiddy will send them in for production. ReCORK's goal is to convert pure, natural cork into a useful self-sustaining product, extend the useful life of this natural resource for decades and to raise awareness of the cork oak tree and its eco-system.
Twiddy helped develop a customized keyless entry system with environmental control features that reduce energy consumption during times of vacancy. The system recognizes when a home is not going to be occupied and automatically adjusts the heat / AC thermostats to their pre-programmed “occupied” and “unoccupied” settings. Occupied settings include a lower limit override of 72 degrees to maintain a more constant temperature and avoid overworking the HVAC system. In addition, hot water heaters are set to “standby” to avoid expending the energy required to keep many gallons of water hot when no one is there to use it.
Using a variety of Power Company and Department of Energy sources, we estimate an average cost savings of 10% on typical annual power bills. Currently, almost 100 of our vacation rental homes offer this amenity.
Our day-to-day office practices include recycling, paper-conscious printing and copying, filtered drinking water (vs. bottled) and the use of recycled and biodegradable paper products. The Twiddy team continues to find ways to work smarter and find ways to reduce environmental impact.
Thanks to the support of Twiddy guests, owners and staff, we have repurposed more than 250 pounds of cork since our program began in 2009.
We are interested in finding out how you help the environment and achieve your green goals.
At Twiddy & Company, we are always looking to improve the way we interact with our environment. If you have any suggestions or ideas that would help us reduce our impact on the environment, please share them!