Welcome to my new blog post! I’m excited to share the forward-thinking steps I’ve taken to increase sustainability at Villa Andalucia. As an integral part of our beautiful town of Cómpeta, I’m committed to reducing our environmental footprint, while still ensuring a delightful and eco-conscious experience for our guests.
What we are doing to atain full Sustainability:
Electric Car Charging Point:
We acknowledge that transportation contributes significantly to carbon emissions worldwide. Hence, we’ve installed an electric car charging point on-site, supporting our guests who choose more sustainable ways to explore.
Harnessing the Sun:
Our pride and joy, the solar panels, are an instrumental part of our sustainability strategy. They help generate both electricity and hot water, considerably lowering our carbon emissions and preserving resources. On overcast days, we switch to gas and electric backups to maintain a continuous power supply but even they come from a company who use renewable energy.
We have provided dedicated bins in each room to facilitate waste separation and disposal, promoting sustainable practices among our guests.
Conservation of Energy:
At Villa Andalucia, we’ve embraced a variety of strategies to reduce our energy consumption, including:
- Replacing old appliances with newer, energy-efficient models, such as our new freezer and dishwasher
- Switching to LED lighting to save power
- Updating to energy-efficient air conditioning units in three rooms
- Installing solar-powered exterior lighting and motion-sensor garden lighting
- Offering digital guides in rooms to minimize paper use
- Availing of the lowest electric tariff available
Recognizing the crucial importance of water conservation, we’ve initiated several changes to reduce our water usage. These include being in the process of installing flow reducers or aerators on taps, shifting to water-efficient showerheads, and installing dual-flush toilets.
Carbon Offset Measures:
To balance any residual carbon emissions from our operations, including our website’s functioning, we plant new trees each year. This small step helps us contribute to the reforestation effort and strengthen our commitment to sustainability.
Our understanding of sustainability also extends to our digital presence. We’ve chosen to host our website with Digital Ocean (LON1), known for their green energy usage and compensation initiatives.
Sustainability in Spain
Spain, blessed with abundant sunshine and strong winds, has been leading the charge towards sustainability in Europe with significant strides in renewable energy, circular economy, and green transportation. It’s one of the world’s top producers of solar and wind power, harnessing the natural resources to generate a significant portion of its electricity needs. A noteworthy example of this is the vast solar farms found across the country, like the Núñez de Balboa photovoltaic plant, which is the largest in Europe.
Moreover, Spain is implementing the principles of a circular economy, working towards reducing waste and making the most of resources. It encourages sustainable consumption and production, promoting eco-design, repair, and recycling, thereby reducing landfill waste. Spain has also committed to significantly reducing single-use plastic and is a strong advocate for sustainable agriculture and fisheries. These diverse sustainability innovations across sectors indicate a strong national commitment to a greener and more sustainable future.
The reality of our warming planet is evident, with escalating temperatures and frequent extreme weather events becoming the new normal. As we stand at a critical juncture, we have the choice to either continue with business as usual or to act decisively for our planet’s future.
At Villa Andalucia, we’ve chosen action, and we invite you to join us on this journey. Enjoy a restful stay with us, knowing that each moment contributes positively to the planet we all share. We hope to welcome you soon to our little eco-friendly haven in Cómpeta, Spain!