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A Christmas Wish List for the Self Storage Industry

by Kim Kilpatrick November 25, 2011 1:15 PM
Thanksgiving gives all of us time to pause and think about the many things in life that we have to be grateful for, whether it’s health, family, a roof overhead, or the latest and greatest toys and gadgets, everyone has something or someone that they are thankful for. However, now that Turkey Day 2011 is in the books, it is time to move on to the business at hand— Christmas. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Take “Going Green” Seriously

by Kim Kilpatrick September 15, 2011 7:43 PM
If there is one buzz phrase that is fast becoming common in every business, self storage or otherwise, it is “going green.” By “going green” businesses are accomplishing multiple objectives that all lead to one goal—turning a profit. [More]

Extra Space Storage Taking Another Step Toward Eco-Friendly Initiatives

by John Stevens August 4, 2011 9:15 AM
Extra Space Storage Inc. (NYSE: EXR) announced they have joined the well-known Energy Star program as a partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working to improve energy efficiency and fight climate change through a strategic, corporate energy management program that will enhance the organization's financial health and help preserve the environment for future generations. This development follows a recent similar endeavor by the company to embark on a solar initiative to install 100,000 solar panels in facilities across the country during the next five years at the rate of 20,000 panels per year. [More]

Extra Space Storage Leads the Way in Solar Energy

by Tony Gonzalez July 29, 2011 1:36 PM
Extra Space Storage, the second largest operator of self storage companies in the United States with over 850 facilities in 34 states, has embarked on a solar initiative on a scale that is unheard of in the self storage industry. [More]

NJ Self Storage Facility Partners Up to Offer E-recycling

by John Stevens June 22, 2011 9:00 AM
Offering an e-recycling facility is a great way for a self storage facility to join the green movement. It not only is one step in the right direction for the environment but it is an easy way to generate publicity for your business. Properly disposing of e-waste – computers, TVs, keyboards, cellphones, and more – is a daunting task for many people. But self storage facilities are natural receptacles for such items and many have stepped up to offer assistance. [More]

Ways Self Storage Operators Can Guide Customers Interested in Green Moving

by John Stevens April 1, 2011 11:04 AM
More self storage facilities in recent years have made the move to run environmentally-sensitive businesses by installing solar panels, switching to fluorescent lighting and offering recycling programs to customers. It is good for the environment, easier on the wallet in the long run and good practice when it comes to attracting a customer base that is increasingly more environmentally aware. Moving and self storage go hand-in-hand, so it is only natural that customers are also looking to the moving industry to embrace eco-friendly ways. [More]

Self Storage Impacted By Obama's New “Better Buildings Initiative”

by John Stevens February 10, 2011 8:26 AM
Commercial buildings, self storage among them, consumed roughly 20 percent of all energy in the U.S. economy last year, said President Obama during his Jan. 25th State of the Union address. In an effort to curb this energy-draining trend, Obama laid out this week a clean-energy agenda that includes investing in innovative clean energy technologies and doubling the share of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Part of this push is the “Better Buildings Initiative” that gives energy-saving, retrofitting incentives for commercial developers, builders and owners. [More]

Storage Facilities Going Green By Helping Recycle and Educate or Building in an Eco-Friendly Way and Assessing Environmentally-Friendly Practices

by John Stevens December 28, 2010 9:23 AM
Another storage facility has just joined the eco-friendly club by offering recycling services as other storage businesses are converting to green practices such as solar paneling and assessing their level of sustainability. [More]

SD Storage of San Diego Offers E-Waste Collection

by Holly Robinson October 26, 2010 6:52 AM
SD Storage of San Diego announced today that it is joining a host of other California self storage companies in offering e-waste collection to its tenants. SD Storage will offer e-waste collection at six locations: Escondido, National City, North San Marcos, Pacific Beach, South San Marcos, and Vista. [More]

Upcycling to Clean Out Your Clutter and Help the Environment

by Winnie Hsiu September 30, 2010 11:47 PM
Got an old sweater that is too stretched out to wear? Make it into a sofa pillow, or use the arms to make child-size leggings, and the body to make a child-size winter skirt. Several old Gore-Tex jackets? Sew them together to make a beautiful and mold-resistant shower curtain. How about some plain white china plates? Paint or draw on them and sell the resulting work at a craft fair.

While many people are focused on finding ways to reuse or recycle things they can no longer use, others are finding creative ways to reuse stuff (clothing, dishes, you name it) by making something new out of something old -- turning storage problems into craft projects. While the practice is really just a new way to reuse or recycle things, it has generated its own word: upcycling. If your closets, kitchen cupboards, garage, basement, attic, or self storage unit is crammed to the gills or overstuffed with...stuff, then upcycling is the new green alternative to throwing things out. [More]
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