Green Hotels & Responsible Tourism Initiative

The Responsible Traveler Guide

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Before You Leave Home

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Being a green traveler starts by making sure that while you are away, you have considered what can be done in your home/residence. Some things to keep in mind are:

  • What do you need to do to save energy while your home is empty?
    • Turn down the thermostat on your hot water heater, adjusting your AC/heat.
    • Turn water heater to lowest setting.
    • Turn water off at outside connection to prevent flooding should a pipe break while you're gone
    • Appliances, such as TVs and cable converter boxes, should be unplugged because they can draw or "leak" as much as 40 watts per hour even when they're off.
    • Turn icemaker off to prevent flooding should it break while you're away.
  • Are there any subscriptions or deliveries which can be put on hold or donated such as newspapers, magazines, produce?
  • What will you pack to avoid extra weight on airplanes or other forms of transport?
  • What can you leave behind to avoid unnecessary packaging and waste that will have to be disposed of at the destination?