If you are a frequent traveller, you will some time or other come across the topic of environmental concern. South Africa, especially Cape Town, has become one of the most popular travel and tourism destinations in the world. As a guest we would like to emphasize the importance of environmental protection and encourage you to adapt to the local needs and circumstances. We as a 4-star guesthouse would also like to do our part namely: power supply from renewable resources, recycling and most importantly using water wisely.
With 3,700 hours of sunshine a year, Cape Town doesn’t just offer the ideal holiday weather but also the best conditions for solar power production. The solar panels on the roof can supply the whole guesthouse with electricity. Two further solar thermal systems are used to produce the hot water in the guesthouse and to heat the swimming pool.
We have upgraded our systems and are now almost entirely independent of ESKOM power supply as we generate almost all our own electricity using solar. In 2018 we installed a wellpoint which supplies the whole house with natural water. Please enquire at office if the water currently is drinkable.
Additionally to the solar system supplying warm water and electricity we have installed a battery back-up system. We thus guarantee the availability of electricity during your stay even if the country again gets affected by phases of ‘Loadshedding’. Essentials like Wi-Fi, lights, washing machine, certain plug points etc will not be affected and you will be able to use this throughout. The remote garage is on the back-up system as well and you will be able to access it.
A responsible waste management system is equally important to maintain sustainable tourism. Recycling in Cape Town is not yet getting quite as much attention as it should be. We need to conserve our resources and thus we make a point of it to recycle at da Heim. Raw materials such as paper, plastic and glass bottles are separated and disposed of individually and can thus once again become part of the resource cycle.
The water supply relating to drinkable tap water is an ongoing problem in South Africa. In 2017/18 we experienced one of the worst droughts in 110 years. The reason for this being the warmer winters as well as not getting enough rainfall to fill up the water reservoirs of the Cape Town Metropolitan Region. Due to the population growth in the city, even when the dams are full, they are no longer able to supply the whole city with water. In da Heim Guesthouse we now use a water saving supply system. We use wellpoint water as our basic supply. This water is then filtered through a specialized filtration system where water quality and environmental protection are taken into consideration. Drinkable filtered water is available at a cost on request.
As so often: the individual makes the difference. Thus we encourage our guests to consciously be aware of their water usage.
We greatly appreciate your help,
Your da Heim team