Hay Bluff Goes Green

The Environment and surroundings is what makes The Birches Holiday Cottage so unique and special. We aren't always perfect but try to do the right thing. We responsibly use the resources of Mountain Spring Water, wood fuel and sunlight as part of the holiday experience.

We want (and hope you do) to leave things a little bit better than we find them. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment use energy efficient bulbs, heating and recycle where possible. We have carried out an Energy Performance Review to assess this and identify where improvements can be made.

If you like (or more importantly don’t like) what we’re doing please let us know or suggest ways we can improve.

SOLAR ELECTRICITY

  • 4.0 KW Solar Panel System to help offset the house usage
  • Reduction in carbon footprint

FRESH MOUNTAIN SPRING WATER

  • Cottage has the benefit of its own water supply
  • Fresh spring water for drinking and washing filtered from deep within the Black Mountains
  • Excess water flows down the valley and the water pressure comes from gravity so no electricity or pumping is required

NATURAL SOAKAWAY

  • Gravity drainage of waste water and sewage to septic tank where separation occurs. Solids settle and are broken down by naturally occurring bacteria. The liquid then drains off the top and percolates away into the surrounding soil.

WOOD FUEL

  • The Cottage is set within a working hill farm and has the benefit of ample supplies of very local wood.
  • A modern efficient wood burner has been installed and as thermostats are fitted this reduces oil usage.
  • Only fallen timber, old fence posts or overhanging wood is used.

KINDLING WOOD FUEL

  • Fallen brash wood from woodland surrounding the Cottage is used for fire lighting.

ENERGY SAVING BULBS

  • Energy saving light bulbs have been installed where possible
  • Reduction in electricity usage
  • Help reduce carbon footprint

THE BIRCHES

  • Double Glazing
  • EPC D Rating
  • Under floor heating and insulation
  • Thermostatically controlled radiators
  • Efficient Condensation Boiler