Like every year, you are leaving to go camping and, this year, it is you who has the weighty responsibility of booking. You must admit: you are running late! You have done a lot to remain environmentally responsible that, at this point, it is really difficult to make a decision. Let us enlighten you for a second: return to the fundamentals of ecology and too bad for the logos that are more fluorescent green than the others.
To see more clearly, start by creating a list with a dozen campsites that are within your budget for, yes, saving a cent is important! Then, see what these campsites do for saving water with the toilets, showers, etc. Of course, your favorite will also have to ignore the free sample kit, 100% oil for a single use. In light of all this, you should already start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
There is one essential thing, however, to take into account: the energy savings, particularly the saving of lighting. The issue is, at the same time, avoiding wasting electricity, but also fighting against light pollution that affects biodiversity.
So, if the light bulb still hasn’t gone off as to which campsite to choose, verify that it uses eco-friendly light bulbs, motion-sensing lights on paths, and limited lighting in the sanitary facilities.
All of this was put into place at the campsite “Moulin de Chaules” in France. And, like all self-respecting, environmentally responsible campsites, it works to save water and energy, all while reducing waste. There is even a carsharing system between campers and a waste sorting center to help fight the wasting of food and materials.
Word from the Drop: Going to reserve a site there is a very bright idea!
A trick from Christelle and Christophe
YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL SAVINGS*
When you replace a classic light bulb by a low-energy bulb, for one hour of lighting, you help to save approximately:
- 97.4 Watts of power (one hour of light bulb use)
- 0.31 oz /8.77 g of CO2 equivalent (power production)
- 2 ft² / 0.19 m² of ecological footprint (virtual forest required to absorb CO2 emissions)
Turning off just one light bulb in a campsite could quickly make a difference for the planet. A classic light bulb, that remains turned off throughout the entire night, saves 876 Watts. To produce that much electricity, you would have to travel 31.5 km by bike—Watt a long distance and large difference!
(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.
Learn more about the Mill Chaules campsite in France: https://www.moulin-de-chaules.com
Study on light pollution: https://www.the-scientist.com/features/the-vanishing-night–light-pollution-threatens-ecosystems-64803
CO2 emissions caused by electricity: https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/index.php?page=environment_where_ghg_come_from
Impact of material goods on the environment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NluFskx4mvc