Enjoying nature, scenic views and the great outdoors are some benefits of owning an RV and travelling within New Zealand and we are so lucky to be surrounded by natural beauty. However, it raises the question. What can we do to take care of the environment and be greener on the road?
Tips to Going Green in Your RV
Make the swap
Swapping out appliances for energy efficient options is a great way to reduce your power consumption and your carbon footprint. Switch your lights from traditional bulbs to LED bulbs. Generally speaking, LED's are more efficient and will save electricity. This also has benefits if you are running your power off a battery supply, meaning your battery will last longer.
You can also swap out old appliances. It is amazing how the technology and efficiency of appliances can increase over a short period of time so newer appliances tend to be more energy efficient. Whether you are upgrading, downsizing or replacing an existing appliance, check out options on the market as there may be room to improve appliance efficiency.
Clean the Green Way
There is now a large range of eco- cleaning products available from local supermarkets which are non-toxic and ideal for cleaning kitchens and most household surfaces.
When it comes to cleaning products specific to RV waste tanks, there are some options that are more environmentally-friendly than others. For black water tanks, we recommend the Bio Magic. It is a non-toxic, 100% biodegradable liquid bio-stimulant and works by supplying large amounts of oxygen creating an aerobic environment, the bacteria rapidly multiply and rapidly consume the waste while producing no odor. This product is ideal for those who want to clean their tanks while being conscious of the environment.
Use Clean Energy
If you have been considering opting for a cleaner, greener power supply, you are not the only one. Green energy is gaining momentum and is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. With options like solar and wind turbines now readily available, there are options to suit different lifestyles and budgets.
In the RV industry, solar tends to be the most common option and if this is something you are considering doing, we recommend that you check out our Solar Panel overview which can found here.
Minimize your trash
Minimizing your rubbish is the easiest way to contribute to a cleaner, greener New Zealand. Ditch the plastic plates & cutlery and use 'real' plates. If you are worried about rattling, you can buy plate holders to reduce this issue. If you need to use disposables, opt for biodegradable materials. Even rubbish bags are now available in biodegradable options which is an easy swap to make when it comes to cleaning your home and reducing your plastic waste.
Opt to reuse, refill and recycle whenever you can. If you don't have a recycling bin option where you are parked up, you can keep recyclables in a storage compartment and drop them off at your nearest recycling point. Every item we can save from landfill makes a difference.
As a camper, a traveler or anyone who is out enjoying nature, a general rule is to take only memories and leave only footprints. Make sure you take all rubbish away with you, pick up after pets and leave a campsite cleaner than you found it.