The first blog post in our “Self-Storage can be Green Too!” blog series discussed various ways that consumers can be green even when storing. For today’s final installment of the two-part series, we will explore the different ways that self-storage companies themselves can go green, and even provide a few examples.
Green buildings can use half the water and one-third less energy than standard buildings, and, according to National Geographic, self-storage facilities are actually the perfect place to use and test new energy technologies, thanks in large part to their very regular structure. One of the most obvious ways self-storage, with their box-shaped units and flat roofs, can go green is through solar energy. Additional green changes include: replacing lighting with fluorescent bulbs, building new structures with recycled materials, and setting up recycling centers on-site. Some great examples of storage companies going green include:
- Canada-based StorageMart installed solar panels at its Toronto locations;
- A Hawaii-based storage company made an agreement not to develop on 1,276 acres adjacent to their business with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust;
- London-based Big Yellow Self Storage in the borough of Bromley created garden areas to naturally purify water runoff instead of sending it into the sewer system where it would take toxins from the pavement along with it; and
- Colorado-based Boulder Self Storage in Boulder uses solar panels to charge their golf carts and facility, recyclable building materials, and lights on motion sensors.
At STORBOX, our self-storage company in Pasadena, we are committed to providing our customers with the energy-efficient facility that is suited to their needs. 100% of our locally owned facility enjoys energy savings from the following improvements and efforts.
- All roofs are “cool” roofs that reduce solar heat loading
- All lighting is energy efficient T8 fluorescent lights on motion sensors on 277 volt service
- All buildings are insulated
- All windows are Solex solar glass that cuts out nearly all UV rays
- All areas cooled by HVAC are programmed to have an initial cooling storage cycle during off-peak demand periods.
- All exterior lighting is controlled by photocells and celestial timers
- Landscaping is primarily drought tolerant species
At STORBOX we researched installing a 200 kw roof mounted solar panel system, but were unable to proceed due to the increased risk of roof leaks and the structural limitations of the existing roofs. We are hopeful of installing a fuel cell system when they are offered on a scale appropriate for our facility. If you would like to learn more about us or have suggestions on how we can be greener and more energy efficient, please call (626) 793-9888 and one of our professional and friendly staff will be happy to assist you.