The Craftsman Lodge is going green!
We have instituted many conservation savings ideas at The Craftsman Lodge to reduce our carbon footprint. We are also starting to rehabilitate the property beginning with rebuilding the pond for spring, construction of two walk-way bridges over the small ravine that runs down one side of the property, clearing the walking paths, and installing a wood fired sauna built from recycled material from our deck replacement. Maybe even construction of a tree house if there is enough left over material!
We just finished installing all LED/CFL lighting, ditching the old incandescent and halogen floodlights. Additionally, both wood stoves are up and running with plenty of split wood to burn culled from the property (fire mitigation), drastically reducing our gas fired forced air heat, at the choice of the guests of course. We have built two 5 x 2 1/2 foot composters for all kitchen waste, using horse manure as a starter and to keep the wildlife away from the composter, and reducing our trash significantly.
We have also placed recycling containers in the kitchen and barn for all glass, metal, plastic and cardboard which has reduced our trash by 80%. We cart the recycling material to Pueblo once a month. Planned in the near future is the refurbishment of the outhouse for our campers into a composting toilet using the saw dust from the firewood as the composting material. We are also planning a rainwater catchment system to keep the pond filled for the area wildlife as well as solar power for the house well. Guests are welcome to suggest additionally improvements to the property!
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