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Hunter Valley YHA and Sustainability

Hunter Valley YHA doesn’t mess around when it comes to sustainability, and this purpose-built hostel is the perfect combo of recycled products and sustainable design. It’s only fair we boast a little:

 

YHA Sustainability - Energy

  Energy reduction:

  • We’re powered by the sun! 88 solar panels are installed on roof of the hostel (24kw Photovoltaic system for the pros) .
  • Solar hot water boosted by electricity for wonderfully warm washes!
  • Low energy and timed lighting: no need for lights on in empty rooms
  • Low energy electric heating, toasty nights that are kind to the earth
  • Moisture sensors turn off the dryer when linen is dry #efficiency
  • Good weather? There’s a big clothes line to dry your clothes eau-naturale
  • Promotion of public transport, the easiest way to be eco-friendly
YHA Sustainability - Waste

     Waste minimisation:

  • Recycling stations in kitchens, common areas and office areas to recycle anything from printer cartridges or our 100% recycled paper, to tinnies of beer and plastic containers
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products for shiny hostels and a happy earth
  • Bulk-Buying our hostel products reduces a bunch of our packaging waste
YHA Sustainability - Water

     Water Saving Measures:

  • Rainwater tank on site used to flush toilets, supplement showers and laundries and water our drought-resistant gardens, hooray for water saving!
  • Our toilets and showers are 5 star! Well, WELS 5 stars for water efficiency.
  • Signage in bathrooms and kitchens encouraging guests to minimise water usage
YHA Sustainability - Social

     Other

  • Low formaldehyde wood products and low volatile paints – no nasties here!
  • Café built with 90% sustainable building supplies including many recycled items, with reusable cups and water bottles sold on site!
  • The property has two dams and a creek running through it with a pathway throughout so that guests can get close to nature and enjoy the fields, waterways and wildlife.
  • We love our local community, and participate in Earth Hour and Clean Up Australia Day each year alongside other businesses and community members!

Did you know?

Every night you spend in a hostel creates an average of 9 kilograms of carbon emissions
(Certified by the Carbon Reduction Institute).

How can you help?

Each time you book a bed online, you can choose to contribute $1 towards the Sustainable Hostel Fund.
By going green with YHA, you can help us turn our existing properties into eco-friendly hostels and be greenest hostel network in Australia.
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