Our Environment

We’re doing our best for the Environment
You can help too

 If you don’t need to plug in your car, block-heater only, please don’t
If you don’t need to blow-dry your hair, please don’t
If you don’t need to use the electric heater in your room, please don’t. If you do, turn it up only as far as you need to–not all the way. It will kick in and out as needed.

Fall view down entry lane
This fall view down our entry lane features the hills to the south. Hidden underground just right of the road are the six wells which serve our geothermal unit.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors;
we borrow it from our children.”

— Wendell E. Berry


Our geothermal unit connected to six wells
This is our geothermal unit from ClimateMaster and Next Energy. It is connected via ground loop to six 225-foot wells next to our entry road.

The BraeBurn Inn uses Geothermal energy as its heating/cooling source to help the environment. It was a major undertaking that required some major adjustments to our electrical supply. To take that a step further, we ask your help to keep power use down to a minimum as well. This will also help the environment.


We do care about our environment. Since we took over the BraeBurn Inn in 1999, we have done the following, specifically to that end:

  • We switched to town water and sewer. When we took over in 1999, we discovered that the sewage grey water was being jetted straight into the dry creek bed behind us.
  • We took out 10-feet of asphalt in front of the rooms, because gravel “breaths” better. Yes, we know, your rolling suitcases don’t role as well. Sigh.
  • We have planted at least 200 trees and bushes on the property since we took over.
  • We switched from plastic and foam cups to reusable glass tumblers and mugs immediately after we took over.
  • We have implemented policies of reuse for linens and towels at customers’ discretion; and introduced body wash and shampoo dispensers to reduce the use of individual servings of soaps and shampoo to prevent them ending up in our landfills.
  • We recycle plastic and glass bottles, cans, and any plastic bags, cardboard and newspaper generated in our rooms.
  • We buy used vehicles because of the carbon and water cost of creating new vehicles.
  • We have installed 4/3 litre dual-flush toilets to replace our 6 litre low-flow toilets throughout the motel which, in turn, had replaced our older several-gallon variety.
  • We have installed low-wattage fluorescent light bulbs throughout the motel which we ensure are recycled properly as they wear out and we replace them with LED bulbs. With the exception of two yard lights, everything is now low wattage. We are looking for solutions to the yard lights.

    Our two tanks collecting solar preheated water
    In the foreground are our two storage tanks for our two solar preheated water systems. Hooked in-line to our normal gas water heaters.
  • We use recycled paper and toilet paper throughout the motel, and recycled paper towels for cleaning purposes.
  • We have installed water filters on a separate drinking water system to the cold side of all the sinks in our rooms to replace bottled water.
  • We have re-insulated all of our rooms, basement and apartment and continue to add more as projects allow.
  • We have installed a six-tonne Geothermal Heating and Cooling system which involved drilling six wells 225 feet deep into the earth where heat-exchange fluids are heated or cooled in a ground-loop.
  • We also use a solar system to preheat the water that goes to our water heaters. Excess heat from the geothermal system also goes into the water preheating system.

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