Friday, 28 August 2020

TOWARDS ENERGY EFFICIENCY - SOLAR LIGHTING

The word SUSTAINABLE encompases the word EFFICIENT as, something that is Sustainable is that way because it is efficent. An inefficient way of doing things is not sustainable. If you are spending too much time, money and energy on something repeatedly it is not efficient. One of the best examples of this is from the farming world where, the use of 'Multch' to cover the soil surface of growing beds makes farming more efficient as it reduces the time, energy and money used continually weeding and watering and it encorages faster growth, a prologed growing season for those relying on the rains and it provides cover for bugs and organisms to begin aerating the soil and starting the decomosition process (nutrient making). Try it out.
In this post we are going to speak about efficiency in ENERGY CONSUMPTION. Most people will hear 'energy' and think of Electricity or a bodies strenght. Firstly it is important to know that 'Energy' in Sustainability refers to any source of fuel which is 'burned' or 'consumed'. It will be producing X number Kilowat Hours (KWH) of energy. So then, Electricity, Diesel, Petrol, Charcaol, LPG gas are all fuel types which produce KWH.
Over the past months the Sands has taken yet another small step towards Sustainability with the change of lighting along the winding forested paths through the Hotel. As you may imagine keeping all the lights around a hotel grounds working is an expensive and time consuming job, bulbs, wires, mountings all need replacing occasionally. Time and money is spent doing this through employing an electrician and ordering/paying for all the spares needed.. This sounds quite INEFFICIENT and so not sustinable. How to fix it? Well, we are not the first or the last to use LED solar pathlights as our more sustaianable alternative but we have done it. We are one rung higher on the sustainability ladder as it were.
In the long run (sustainability thinks 'future') the change of path lighting to a type which is powered by renewable energy that uses efficient LED technology and which does not contain the amount of toxins found in Low WATT bulbs(*).. is already making a difference by (1) helping to lower our (consumptive) impact as a hotel on our environment, (2)reducing the maintenance costs so also labor costs (3)reducing the electricity bill costs and (4) it may contribute in helping The Sands attact more environmentally aware customers who would like a paradise beach holiday with a concience.
Over the past years The Sands at Nomad and the Nomad Beach Bar have made quite a few changes in the feild of our Energy Consumption as we try to lower our KWH per guest night. We moved away from LPG gas bottles to larger a single supply tank, we are in the process of replacing old inefficient flurecent strip bulbs in use back of house, the (energy and water) inefficient Jacuzzis were removed, newer more efficient Air Conditioning units are sourced and purchaced to replace the old, the generator was replaced so almost halving the fuel consuption rate. It may all sound like small pointless things but in the end, all of these small decisions made with our impact and expenses in mind helps us to be more sustainable... and so Efficient.

Monday, 24 August 2020

MAKING OUR OWN DRINKING GLASSES, SAUCERS AND MORE

As some of you may know, the Sand's sustinability department is responsible for making all the drinking glasses for The Sands at Nomad in Diani as well as the Sands at Chale. This Blog is about how we do it.
Glass bottles considered useful are collected up from those produced as 'waste' by the hotel and restarant. These bottles are then transported to the Recycling room located near the Marine Education Centre where they are cleaned, marked and cut using special machinery and blades.
Once roughly cut to size the bottle is then marked using a marker pen to ensure the full set of 'recycled glassware' are matching in size. After this it is polished on the special polisher making sure there are no sharp edges or cracks.
Below is a video of the bottle cutting process, there are other more DIY ways of doing this but it is advisable to know that these can be dangerous and could lead to serious injury.. (flaming string, boiling water etc)

Monday, 3 August 2020

OPENING THE BEACH BAR DURING CORONA - A ECONOMICAL WAY TO BE HYGIENIC AND COMPLIANT

It goes without saying the impact of this whole Corona thing has been seriously felt all over the world. Shut down travel, industries and services closed, jobs lost and this may still get worse as we see second and third waves hitting already 'over-it' places in the world. 

The hardest hit for sure are those who never had any savings, the hand to mouth survivors, as times past the number of desperate people will also rise.. expendable income is now hard to come by. It's time to think differently, lower your impact, lower your expenses.

In brave attempts keep the economy ticking and as many people as possible still employed, a few weeks ago the Kenyan Government allowed some restaurants to open under strict guidelines to try to prevent the spread and yet allow people to try to make ends meet.
Foot operated hand wash unit at The Nomad Beach Bar.
The soap is actually INSIDE the 20L bucket of water on top

One of these new regulations is that all establishments must have 'HYGIENIC' hand wash stations outside their entrances. It is interesting to note that the use of a normal hand operated hand wash bucket seems to have been accepted by the ministry of health. With proper, regular tap and soap plunger cleaning this system would work BUT its success at stopping the spread would be far less than a hand wash station that does not require to be touched by every customer.
Useful to paint first IF you are going to.

People might argue that this is not viable for most people and establishments on the grounds of affordability. Well, in case it helps here are a few photos and explanations on how to build a foot operated hand wash station at very low cost. 

We used PPR but cheaper plumbing parts are available.
These clamps are useful but the provided screws are too short.

Other than the plumbing parts these units are built out of reused nails and repurposed 'scrap' wood from building and maintenance jobs. (These are the offcuts spoken about in the previous post- 'Waste not Want not'). The spring is off an old broken trampoline but rubber inner tube would work ;0). The 'string' from the ball cock lever to the foot pedal can be a broken bicycle chain, or kite lines, wire, rope..

                                                       

We have 6 of these units around The Sands at Nomad and the Nomad Beach Bar.

 The main gate 
The staff log-in point 
The staff Restaurant entry point
The Boutique Hotel entrance 
The Beach Bar access from the parking 
The Beach Bar access from the best beach

Come see for yourself, we are taking the safety of our staff and visitors and hotel guests seriously.

ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO MAKE COMPOST FROM ORGANIC WASTE- Larvae Farming

If you have been reading this blog you will know the reason why we at the Nomad farm collect up all the fruit and vegetables (organic) waste...