Greening of the Bluenose Lodge Inn
As we all know, with antique homes, come antique infrastructure. It has been a slow and steady effort to restore the Inn and all the while it has been a top priority to be kind to the planet while maintaining the Victorian charm of the home.
- How we heat the Inn and provide hot water has been a main focus. By installing highly efficient equipment, we have been able to cut down on oil consumption by over 10,000 liters in the last 5 years.
- Bathrooms have been given updates that include highly efficient, low flow toilets and shower heads.
- We’ve replaced all laundry equipment with Energuide star rated high efficiency washers and dryers.
- The Bluenose Lodge has also taken part in the Province’s initiative to conserve energy by switching to highly efficient CFL bulbs throughout the Inn.
For those of you who are interested, here is some information on some of the products and programs we have implemented in an effort to reduce our consumption and therefore our carbon imprint at the Bluenose Lodge:
The SuperStor Ultra Indirect Water Heater draws energy from a boiler and thus does not need its own heat source. Hot boiler water flows through an internal heat exchanger in the tank, heating the domestic water. The SuperStor Ultra boasts 3-5 times more recovery than conventional gas-fired or electric water heaters.
An endless stream of clean, hot water, and nearly a 30% savings in energy costs are just two reasons we selected an energy-efficient Rinnai tankless water heater solution over a conventional electric tank-style water heater.
Vaughn’s Storage Tank combines Hydrastone®, the most effective method of preventing corrosion, with foam, the most efficient material for preventing heat loss.
Vaughn provides economical hot water storage. It is designed specifically for use with a tankless hot water system. The storage system is connected directly through a circulator to the tankless heating coils in the heating boiler. As water is used, or thermostatic controls call for heat, water is circulated through the boiler coils and returned to the storage system. In thisprocess, the system insures consistent water pressure.
For three generations, Vaughn has built their storage tank of heavy gauge steel with seamless one-half inch thick Hydrastone lining and bronze fittings at all water openings. Vaughn’s unique manufacturing process has continually combined this old fashioned quality with ongoing advanced technology in providing the longest lasting and most environmentally friendly heater available.
These high-efficiency toilets are engineered to use 30% less water than the standard toilet.
“This is a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to more fully make the switch to highly efficient CFL bulbs,” said Anne-Marie Curtis, director, conservation and energy efficiency at Nova Scotia Power. “Not only do CFLs use about a quarter of the energy compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, they also have a lifespan that is up to 8 to10 times longer. And now with the selection of specialty CFL bulbs available, consumers can use them almost everywhere; giving them an even bigger energy savings.” CFL designs include chandelier, outdoor, dimmer, globe, three-way and bathroom vanity lights.