Sustainable business

We are energy neutral

We are proud that Aldörrum is energy neutral and doing our bit to redress the environmental impact of travelling. The accommodation is one of the factors of the Travel footprint.

Our courtyard cottages and campsite are situated in one of the most beautiful landscapes of Brabant. Here at Aldörrum, we understand the need to preserve our natural landscape and do our best to work in harmony with the environment. We aim to reduce the amount of resources that we use, particularly energy and water, and to reuse things, either within the business or by handing them on.

The heat pump draws heat and cooling from the ground. The wood gasifier is available when additional capacity is needed. Solar water heating systems supplies our hot water and solar panels provides our need for electricity. Our mode of transportation is a full electric car, the Nissan Leaf. With a little care we re-cycle a lot of our waste and ask our guests to help us with this. We re-use, reduce and re-cycle.

On this page you will find the steps we have taken.


Heating

Aldörrum ׀ Wood gasifier - sustainable business at Aldörrum Aparthotel - Aarle-Rixtel, in the neighbourhood of Helmond, Eindhoven, Uden or Veghel in Holland.

Log-wood gasifier

biomass heating by a downdraft gasifier.

Because we have two guest houses, additional capacity for the underfloor heating is needed during a couple of months.
The wood gasifier produces a gaseous fuel from log wood. A lambda sensor ensures high combustion quality and very low emissions.
In combination with buffer tanks it optimises utilisation of the heat generated.

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Aldörrum ׀ Heat pump - sustainable business at Aldörrum Aparthotel - Aarle-Rixtel, in the neighbourhood of Helmond, Eindhoven, Uden or Veghel in Holland.

Ground source heat pump

that draws heat (and cooling) from the ground.

The courtyard cottages are heated with a heat pump. A high-quality ground loop and heat pump system collects the heat, converts it to energy, then can store or utilise it as energy. Such a system uses approximately 75% less energy than a gasholder.
Combined with a solar water heater, the heat pump provides also the hot water.
Heating with a heat pump has another advantage. The dust no longer swirls in the room.

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Electricity

Aldörrum ׀ Solar panels - sustainable business at Aldörrum Aparthotel - Aarle-Rixtel, in the neighbourhood of Helmond, Eindhoven, Uden or Veghel in Holland.

Solar panels

generating electricity.

Our roof of our house and our guest house are perfect for solar panels. We placed a maximum of 65,000 watts power. This is enough for the total electricity consumption of our company.

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Aldörrum ׀ Savind electricity - sustainable business at Aldörrum Aparthotel - Aarle-Rixtel, in the neighbourhood of Helmond, Eindhoven, Uden or Veghel in Holland.

Saving electricity

reduce electricity.

The lighting at Aldörrum consists of energy saving lamps. Where possible, the lights automatically go off when you leave the room. We also have bright ceilings and walls, so less light is needed.


Our hot-fill washing machine in the launderette is energy- and water efficient. Heating the water requires less electricity because it is connected to the hot water supply.

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Transportation

Aldörrum ׀ Full electric car - sustainable business at Aldörrum Aparthotel - Aarle-Rixtel, in the neighbourhood of Helmond, Eindhoven, Uden or Veghel in Holland.

100% electric car

Zero emission - Why? Therefore! Aldörrum!

Our mode of transportation is a full electric car, the Nissan Leaf.
The car is 100% eco-friendly as it runs on green electricity provided by our solar panels.
An additional benefit is that an electric car reduces the noise of traffic and provides better air quality.

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Hot water

Aldörrum ׀ Solar water heating - sustainable business at Aldörrum Aparthotel - Aarle-Rixtel, in the neighbourhood of Helmond, Eindhoven, Uden or Veghel in Holland.

Solar water heating

for hot water.

The hotel apartments make use of a solar water heater for hot water. To keep the temperature at 60 degrees centigrade, a heat pump or the electricity grid assists.


Wasting warm water is wasting energy. Because of this all showers are equipped with water-efficient showerheads and the taps with low flow rates. The toilets have a split flush button to help save water after you spend a penny.

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Re-cycling

Aldörrum ׀ Recycling waste - sustainable business at Aldörrum Aparthotel - Aarle-Rixtel, in the neighbourhood of Helmond, Eindhoven, Uden or Veghel in Holland.

Environmental waste disposal

(glass, food and drinks cans, plastic, paper, kitchen and garden waste and remain waste).

All courtyard cottages are equipped with 3 compartment recyclers to sort the waste in one convenient place. At a central situated point a 'Jekko' collection box is available to get rid of small electrical appliances, broken CFLs and empty batteries.

Recycling saves raw materials and energy and prevents pollution. Every kilogram of waste that doesn't burn into the incinerator, saves five cents.
Wipes for personal hygiene (such as baby wipes, cleaning wipes) don't belong in the sewerage.
Turn in drugs to the pharmacy, don't flush them down the toilet.

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Layout of property

Aldörrum ׀ Region-own layout of the property - sustainable business at Aldörrum courtyard cottages-B&B, selfcatering or bed and breakfast, in the neighbourhood of Helmond, Eindhoven Uden or Veghel region De Peel, North Brabant The Netherlands (Holland).

Thougthfully landscaping site

for biodiversity.

The property has been carefully and thoughtfully landscaped, and attracts a huge variety of wildlife (birds, mammals and insects). To restore parts back to Brabantine scrub woodland we used region-own trees en shrubs. We also based these on historical-cultural values of the landscape. The yard looks in keeping with the surrounding landscape

The fruit orchard and the edge sunflowers add something extra's to the property.
There are many species of birds nesting and feeding on site, for example the falcon, the swallow, partridge and the little owl. The buzzard, common to the Peel, can usually be seen circling overhead.

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