Sunday, March 16, 2014

Diving the Guardian Blue Hole . . .

Here is another installment from Small Hope Studios. We love these videos! Enjoy . . .

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Small Hope Has Gone SOLAR!

Solar panels for our hot tub
As you may know, Small Hope Bay Lodge has always been firmly committed to our natural environment. For many years we have employed several measures to reduce our environmental impact such as LED bulbs in all of our light fixtures and water saving devices in all our toilets.

Now we have taken it a step further. All the hot water for our entire resort - that means all 21 of our beachfront cabins, as well as our kitchen, lounge, and hot tub - is completely solar heated now.

Layout of our solar design
This is a big step for Small Hope, and Andros Island in general. This island's energy is currently supplied by diesel generators, a very costly and inefficient fuel source. By switching all our water heating to solar, we are taking a huge step forward in reducing our dependency on non-renewable energy sources. 

We are very proud of this. And it's just the beginning. . . .

Solar panels for our cabins and lounge

This process began last summer when we had a team of interns from Duke University down for several weeks to help design and implement a solar hot water heating system for the resort. They definitely got the ball rolling and helped construct the unit we currently are using to heat all the water for our cabins, lounge and kitchen.

We then expanded the project further and, with a little help for some good friends, constructed an additional unit for heating our hot tub.

A big thanks to everyone who helped us achieve this goal!
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Check out this beautiful and HUGE loggerhead we saw while diving Andros, Bahamas!

We had an amazing dive the other day. We were at Dana's Delight, a beautiful wall dive, at about 70 feet, when this amazing loggerhead swung around to check out the divers. He was so cool!

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