Twiddy Going Green

Making a Difference

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.

Energy Efficient

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:

  • Save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year.
  • Save more than $600 million in annual energy costs.
  • Prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

Paperless Processes

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.

  • Electronic Contracts – leases executed online and Rental Management Agreements sent electronically. The days of two copies of multiple pages for each guest reservation are over! Twiddy’s Vacation Rental Agreements (leases) are now easily executed and viewable online at our guest’s convenience. In addition, the annual Rental Management Agreements for our homeowners are sent electronically which also streamlines internal processing.
  • Guest Correspondence and Pre-arrival Information – If a guest provides Twiddy with their e-mail address at the time of booking, they may never receive a piece of paper from us until they check-in (when we’ll provide a map to their vacation home). Payment confirmations and reminders and pre-arrival information are e-mailed whenever possible.
  • While we still offer our guests the Twiddy Vacation Planner and Guest Directory in print, both publications are printed on FSC-certified paper, ensuring that the paper used has been harvested from well-managed Forest Stewardship Council sources.

Keeping Our Housekeeping Green

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!

Save Your Wine Corks!

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.

Keyless entry technology conserves energy in vacant homes by automatically setting environmental controls, before, during and after occupancy.

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.