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We care about sustainability. Our facilities management team actively looks for opportunities to make our storage facilities more sustainable and energy efficient. Some of our projects include installing solar panels at select facilities in several states, retrofitting facilities for greater energy efficiency, incorporating LED signage and fixtures and using daylight harvesting when possible. We even installed a green rooftop.

But enough about us. Everyone can play a role in helping to take care of the environment. From selecting environmentally friendly services and products to making your home more energy efficient, there’s much you can do. You may find yourself saving money as well as saving the planet!

In our Sustainability category, we focus on ways to help you live a more sustainable life. Whether you’re looking to complete a home energy audit, winterize your home or go green with cleaning supplies, you’ll find lots of help here.

Join us, and we’ll become more sustainable together!

Ah, giving. It’s great, isn’t it? It is a special feeling knowing you’ve helped someone in need. Remember, your donations don’t always necessarily have to be monetary. If you live in New York, you know how hard it is to feel comfortable in a cluttered apartment. While, sure, you or a professional organizer could throw everything you don’t...

Posted on Oct 25 2016 - 6:55pm by Extra Space Storage
Comments Off on NYC Downsize: What to Know About Making a Home in a Small Apartment

Sometimes, life has a funny way of making us learn to travel a little lighter. There are plenty of reasons throughout our lives we might choose to downsize into a smaller home — maybe it’s the result of a relationship ending, or maybe it’s a move to simplify your world — but none is as romantic as the move to New York. That’s why The New York...

Posted on Feb 7 2014 - 10:35pm by Brent Hardy
Comments Off on Five Tips to Make Your Home More Eco Friendly

Being eco friendly in your home means a lot more than just being good to the environment, it also means saving money. Have some smart plans in place in your home to be more energy efficient can end up saving you hundreds of dollars each year. To get started, it’s pretty easy, let’s take a look at some easy ways to make your home more...

Posted on Dec 9 2013 - 7:33am by Brent Hardy
Comments Off on 3 Quick Tips to Save Money on Your Heating Bill

  Photo via   The fall is always a great time of year, but for many, that means winter is just around the corner. Which means an increase in your heating bills. If you are someone who has oil heat, your bill can be even more expensive, with a tank refill costing hundreds of dollars in one shot. But, there is good news, there are...

Posted on Oct 14 2013 - 12:45pm by Dayna Hathaway
Comments Off on Ideas worth stealing: Moving with Green Boxes

Photo via Moving as it is usually done is one of the more eco-unfriendly things we do. As I noted in my previous post on the topic, moving house can add as many as 90 cardboard boxes and thousands of square feet of bubble wrap to the landfill, not to mention emissions from driving trucks around the landscape. That’s why the green moving industry...

Posted on Sep 11 2013 - 12:15pm by Dayna Hathaway
Comments Off on 3 Ways to Save on Back to School Supplies

It’s a fact: school supplies costs more and more every year. However, you don’t have to tap in to your 401K just to stock up on all the essentials this year. Just take a few simple steps that will save you some cash. Shop at Home Before you head out to the store, make sure to see what you can find at home. You’d be surprised at what you can find with just a...

Posted on Aug 28 2013 - 8:06pm by Brent Hardy
Comments Off on Our First Complete Interior Retrofit for LED Fixtures

  I’m happy to report that we’ve just finished a complete interior retrofit for adding LED fixtures at our La Porte storage facility in Texas. While you may have already read about the exterior LED lighting at many of our storage properties, this is our first time to add interior LED lights throughout a storage property, and I’m very proud of the work our team has done.   Adding LED fixtures means that things are certainly going to be much brighter at this property, both in terms of energy savings and light. For...

Posted on Aug 12 2013 - 8:49pm by Brent Hardy
Comments Off on Remote HVAC Monitoring Reduces Energy Demand

  When it comes to efficiency and comfort, sometimes it helps to centralize things a bit. So, I’ve been working with Mark Duncan, Facilities Services Manager in Florida, on the implementation of a complete energy management system. We selected ASI, which allows us to remotely monitor HVAC systems at the selected properties. Since it works with our existing equipment, ASI is a cost-effective choice for us.   But what exactly is this ASI system, and what’s it going to do for us? ASI is essentially an energy management...

Posted on Aug 9 2013 - 12:30pm by Brent Hardy
Comments Off on Aerial Parks: A New History of Old Rail Lines

  There are many names for green spaces built on old rail lines: rail-trail, linear park, elevated park and aerial park, or linear greenway, aerial garden …. You get the idea! I can’t decide which one sounds best, so I’ll mix things up a bit.   While people use many names to describe these unique elevated parks, they’re a relatively...

Posted on Aug 7 2013 - 12:30pm by Dayna Hathaway
Comments Off on How to “Go Green” With Your Move

Moving, the way it’s typically done, is a very wasteful activity. Moving a house can take as many as 90 disposable boxes and thousands of square feet of bubble wrap. That’s not to mention the emissions from the trucks that haul your stuff around the landscape. It doesn’t have to be that way. Green moving is on the way up. Mother Nature Network tells us the story...