You can bet your shoe storage that during this election year global warming will be a hot topic for debate. Actually, it is a hot topic right now, but you can be sure presidential candidates will use it toward their advantage. Nevertheless, the self storage industry should wait until the end of the elections to start a green design plan for their property. And we should be motivated by government pressure. The environment is everyone’s responsibility. The Earth belongs to us, not the government. So, self storage businesses need to become proactive with a green design for their properties. If you don’t have one it is not too late to start. The Earth is not doomed yet, but if we don’t start thinking green soon, the harder it will be to overcome.
Here are five things a self storage business can add to their green design plan:
Self storage properties should switch to efficient lights like CFLs wherever possible. Change the bulbs in the office and in the storage units to energy efficient CFLs. Motion lighting also cut down energy use. It is important to have outside lighting, but it doesn’t have to be continuously on when the storage property is empty. Reduce energy consumption and utility bills by dimming the interior lights on sunny days. Turning them off is even better and perfect for a green design plan.
Add Green Money
Today, most computers and office equipment are available in energy efficient green design models. Whenever purchasing new office equipment make sure it is energy efficient. Not only will you help to protect the environment, you will save the self storage business some dough. Now you can take that extra money and invest it back into the business. In other words, buy something nice for her.
Innovative Green, A New Paint Color
New self storage buildings and upgrading old self storage buildings should be designed with a green design in mind. Using energy efficient windows and other construction materials will make a huge difference in energy consumption. Now add innovative climate control and watch the electricity meter’s cranks and gears slow down. Turn the thermostat down another 2 degrees in the winter an up two degrees in the summer.
Self storage businesses can fight the carbon footprint by renovating work related transportation. Though onsite property management cut down on transportation to and from the storage facility, not everyone has the luxury of zero commute. Carpooling with the employees that must drive is a climate friendly way to get to work. Another green design is to purchase energy efficient property vehicles such as golf carts and hybrid cars.
Take Me to Your Green Leader
A self storage business can take the lead in the fight against global warming by not only pledging their green design, but challenge other industries to taking the pledge. It’s time for self storage property managers to get out of the back seat and start driving others to implement a green design. Not only will this help the self storage industry image, the environment benefits too.
Written by Kurt Schellenberger
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