There are 4 properties currently listed in Ouray. At this time there are 1 "Green" lodging properties listed of which this is the only lodging property that has completed the iStayGreen Audit. Box Canyon Lodge And Hot Springs Ouray has been awarded a 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating Box Canyon Lodge And Hot Springs Ouray completed an audit of their property's compliance with over 70 unique eco-initiatives. Environmentally friendly measures that are reviewed include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, enviromentally safe cleaning, reduction of waste, ongoing maintenance, purchasing habits, plus many other factors. In it's efforts to create a more sustainable travel future and reduce their impact on our environment, Box Canyon Lodge And Hot Springs Ouray employs 29 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by Box Canyon Lodge And Hot Springs Ouray please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
Geothermal Energy Usage
Our motel has geo thermal hot springs surfacing onsite. We have several springs and the temperatures range from 120 degrees farenheit to 160 degrees farenheit. We have two large tanks on our property where the water collects and we have immersed hundreds of feet of copper coils. We send cold city water through the coils and are able to heat it. As such, one building section has a backup natural gas boiler and a water heater, but, it hasn't been running for 6 months as the water temperature is typically 118 degrees without supplemental heating. In the laundry, we like hotter water. The water we use to heat that section is heating to about 128 degrees and we supplement a little bit to get it to about 140 degrees.
Our plan is to start using the water that is 160 degrees but we haven't finished that project yet. It is just in the design stages as it requires installation of a third tank and a little more engineering effort. We then must transport the heated water (300 feet or so) and we have been experimenting with insulated pipe before we lay it underground to ensure the least amount of heat loss.
We use our geothermal water for our guests to soak. We never heat the water as it comes out of the ground at about 140 degrees Farenheit. We also use the geothermal water to heat guest rooms and to heat the city water used for bathing in our guest rooms. We have just converted the laundry to using the geothermal water to heat water used for cleaning linens. We have intentions of exploiting this resource even more in the coming year.
We have added insulation to all of our buildings. We believe that this expenditure will keep the buildings warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and will conserve energy overall by maintaining our site at comfortable temperatures year round with considerably less energy consumption.
We have compared our electrical usage between the month of Oct 07 and month of Oct 08 and our usage decreased by 25% without a significant change in occupancy or outdoor temperature.
In-Room Recycling Program
We are working to serve and save this planet. We recycle the following items from our guest rooms:
* Aluminum Tin and Metal Cans * Glass Bottles (Brown, Green & Clear) * PETE (1) and HDPE (2) Plastic Bottles
You can do your part by leaving these items on the table/counter or in the recycling receptacle that is in your room. Please decide for yourself.