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  When it comes to saving money with energy-efficient lighting, hallways are the place to look, at least in storage facilities! So, while we’ve installed exterior LED fixtures in the past, we’re now bringing that great LED technology inside as well. We’re currently in the middle of our very first complete interior LED retrofit, and I already have some before and after images to share.   When we acquire new properties, we always look at how we can retrofit to save energy with new lighting fixtures, and we found...

  Sometimes it’s nice to be more daring and independent, to do things a bit differently than before. And I got to do that with some special lighting recently. In Lake Elsinore, California, we’ve gone completely off the grid to provide lighting for our RV canopies. While installing the RV canopies at this property, we were able to skip the usual step of adding conduit and meters for electricity. Instead, we worked with 1st Light Energy to install solar LED lights from RAB Lighting. I’m very excited about this off-grid lighting...

  If you’re looking for ways to leave a lighter footprint, you’ve probably heard the old refrains about changing out your light bulbs and putting on an extra sweater instead of cranking up the heat. While those are important ideas, there are plenty of other tips on this subject, some of them you might have never heard before. Here are five to take notice...

  At the beginning of 2013, I wrote an update on our solar power plans, and now it’s time to take a look at what we’ve done, plus where we’re headed for the rest of the year. Before this year, we had already installed solar power on more than 100 properties in six states, including California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Ohio.   The big news is that we’ve added some new states to the mix! For the first time, we’re installing solar power on storage properties in Connecticut, New York, and Utah. We’re...

  Although Extra Space Storage uses hybrid vehicles that that don’t require charging, I like to keep up with the latest on other options for powering cars. And all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) just got a big promotion from Kroger. You’ve always needed groceries, but now Kroger is thinking you’re going to want to plug...

  Extra Space Storage has had an incredible solar power journey, we’ve installed solar at over 100 facilities so we’re advocates of clean energy use where feasible.  I was inspired to learn from a recent Businessweek article that solar power is lighting the way for many people in Africa.   Thanks to innovative companies like the UK’s Azuri Technologies, families in Africa can finally afford to install solar systems to take care of needs like lighting and mobile phone charging. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that...

  Thanks to blogs that focus on sustainability in the green business world, it’s easy to stay informed during coffee breaks or between meetings. It doesn’t matter if your office is in a tall building in New York City, or if you work from home in the suburbs, the best green business blogs will keep you in the know, and maybe even entertained too.   There...

  Picnic weather is finally here! I love picnics because they allow me to get the whole family together to enjoy a delicious meal outdoors. Picnics are beautiful and memorable, but I like to take care of nature too by planning eco-friendly picnics. Yes, picnics have carbon footprints just like everything else, but you can take steps to reduce the impact of your...

  What to do with unused rail tracks 30 feet above ground in New York City… Oh, what to do? If you’re a passionate New Yorker, you’ll save the tracks from demolition and turn them into a unique park! That unique park goes by the name High Line, a public space owned by New York, and operated by Friends of the High Line, the group of passionate...

  Last year, I shared the news of the addition of hybrid vehicles to our fleet driven by branch managers. That was an exciting change for Extra Space Storage. Now we know the results of that change. Yes, we keep track of everything from the energy generated by our solar panels to the gas saved by our hybrid cars! It’s all about ensuring we’re making good business decisions, as well as good environmental choices.   Toyota Camry Hybrid versus Chevy Malibu Hybrid Our fleet includes both Toyota Camry hybrids and Chevy Malibu...