ADOPTION OF GREEN ENERGY IN TOURISM ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES


Green energy emanates from natural sources such as wind, sunlight, plants, geothermal heat. According to getawaychief.com, It utilizes the energy that is readily available in the world. It is mostly used in remote areas where there are no other alternative sources of energy. This type of energy is renewable meaning it can be replenished.

Green energy is environment friendly hence does not cause environmental pollution.

Types of green energy

Solar energy

This is the most common type of green energy. It produced by photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight to electricity. The electricity produced is used in homes to heat water, lighting, and even cooking. Besides, it can be used on phones and other devices as solar charging on the go.

Wind power

Wind can be used to harness electricity. It can be used to turn turbines which in turn generates electricity for use.

Hydropower

It is commonly known as hydroelectric power. It is generated from water. This electricity depends on water levels to produce electricity.

Geothermal energy

This is energy from the Earth’s crust. The Earth’s crust produces a large amount of energy that originates from the radioactive decay of minerals and Earth formation processes.

Biomass 

This is energy from materials such as sawdust, wood waste, and agricultural wastes that are combustible. These materials contain stored energy from the sun.

Biofuels

Is energy transformed from renewable organic materials?

As noted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization in 2008, there has been an increase in global warming as a result of the use of non-renewable sources of green energy in the tourism sector. Activities such as transportation, accommodation lead to the emission of carbon dioxide gas which is a major contributor to global warming.

A solution to this problem will be the adoption of green energy which has no adverse effect on the environment. Green energy is friendly to the environment. It protects the environment. The green energy sourced from the natural sources can be used in the tourism areas in cooking, lighting, and heating water for tourists.

The tourism sector should invest heavily in green energy. This has been supported by organizations such as ecotourism Kenya which encourages the use of green energy in the tourism sector. It encourages the use of solar energy in activities such as heating water in the tourism sector.

Most of the tourist sectors have adopted green energy, for example, Olarro Lodge which is a gold eco-rated facility. In this lodge, there is more use of green energy. The facility has invested heavily in solar panels that harness electricity for use. Further, it has installed numerous solar heating systems.

The electricity harnessed at this lodge can be used for other things by tourists such as torch solar charging on the go.

In this lodge, there are precautions regarding the use of this electricity. Visitors are encouraged to switch off the electricity when not in use.

Energy-saving bulbs and light-emitting diodes should be fixed in tourist accommodation areas to reduce waste of harnessed green energy.

The following practices should be encouraged to increase the use of green energy in the tourism sector:

Recycling. Waste materials should be recycled to produce green energy.

Reduction. Green energy use should be minimized to conserve energy. Energy efficiency bulbs should be fitted in this tourism sector.

Recovery. Non-recyclable solid waste should be converted to green energy.

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