The sensitive eco-system in the Gulf islands requires careful nurturing. At Hedgerow House we make every effort to be good stewards and have introduced conservation initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint. Trip Advisor awarded Hedgerow House the Platinum Level for green practices in 2014, its highest environmental award. We know you come to the Gulf Islands to enjoy the pristine natural environment, so we take pride in looking after this slice of paradise. Apart from the obvious practices such as a comprehensive recycling program and using only environmentally sensitive cleaning products, you’ll find these environmental initiatives in place:
Solar Hot Water
We call it our “liquid sunshine “! We installed a large vacuum tube solar hot water system on our roof , which now handles all our water heating. Our water temperatures reach over 90 C on the roof in February and well over 120 C in the summer. Given our mild winters, supplemental electric water heating is rarely needed after January. We plan to add photo voltaic panels in the future, to reduce our footprint even further. We are happy to show you the system when you stay with us.
Rainwater Collection System
Salt Spring Island is known for its mild climate, plentiful sunshine and limited rainfall. The average annual rainfall on the island is less than 32 inches and only 4.5 inches in the summer months ~ if we are lucky.The consequence is that we achieve drought conditions during the long summer and need to develop water collection systems to reduce the amount taken from the ground or the lakes. We have installed a rain water collection system to harvest the rain when it falls in the fall/winter/spring, so we can irrigate our extensive gardens in the drier months. We collect 64,000 litres from our roof per annum! A 4500 litre collection tank collects the rain, combined with a shallow water well that is supplied by a year-round creek and ground water so our garden irrigation is all provided by the rain.
This winter we replaced all our remaining incandescent and even some compact fluorescent lights with LED light bulbs, reducing our light power consumption by over 600% ! They say the bulbs last 20 years, which should be enough!
Did you know that Salt Spring Island has more zero emission cars than any other place in Canada ?
You can now charge up at Hedgerow House – the first Bed & Breakfast on Salt Spring Island to have an EV charger for the guests.
If you own an electric vehicle we can charge your vehicle for free in just a few hours with our 240 volt Level 2 charger. So come on over and take up the charge!
We source most of our ingredients on Salt Spring Island. You’ll savour eggs from a local farm, bacon from Furness Farm in the Burgoyne Valley, lamb from Sunset Farm, cheese from Salt Spring Island Cheeses and Moonstruck Cheese, and vegetables and herbs from our own vegetable garden. Virtually all farms on Salt Spring Island are organic, so you know your breakfast will be nutritious. All our room amenities come from Salt Spring Soapworks, a well-established local soap making company.
Pedal Power Discount Leave your car at home and travel to Salt Spring Island by bike or on public transport. We are right in Ganges so you can walk everywhere and if you do want to get around, you can use the local bus service or rent a bike. We offer a Pedal Power Discount of $20 per room when you travel light to Salt Spring.
Travel Free to Salt Spring
If you travel light to Salt Spring Island (by bike or public transport) and stay with us for three nights or more between
November 1 and April 30 we will pay for your walk-on ferry fare. Hey, we’ll even pay for your bike, so keep on pedalling.
When you get to live in paradise you also want to give back, so as a member of Salt Spring Island Conservancy we have chosen to donate 1% of our gross sales to conserving the wild places here on the island. Join us and match our donation by adding 1% to your room charge and take a small but proactive role in preserving Salt Spring.