I recently had the opportunity to talk solar with Justin Krum, President and CEO of 1st Light Energy, our partner for solar installations. With 1st Light Energy, Extra Space Storage has completed nearly 100 solar installations at our storage properties in six states. With these solar panels, 1st Light Energy has helped us not only save energy, but also lower our...

  Saving energy is always a smart concept, but when you can do it and have better lighting in the process, that’s a bright idea! I recently told you about the energy-efficiency lighting improvements on the exterior of retrofitted properties, so now it’s time to take a look inside at some bright lighting solutions implemented at Extra Space Storage.   Transitioning...

My boyfriend and I have had a deal: I cook the dinner and he cleans it up. There are days, though, that I have too much going on and he does the cooking and the cleaning up. And vice versa. When I am cooking AND cleaning up, I am always amazed at the workload difference between cleaning up while you cook and waiting to clean until after you eat. I have discovered...

  Sometimes good enough just isn’t good enough anymore. When I reflect on my job before we started adding solar power to facilities at Extra Space Storage, it was good. Now that I’m part of a nationwide solar power initiative, I feel that the sustainability work by Extra Space Storage is more than good. It’s amazing. But let’s back up just a bit from...

  Friends, have you caught the Pinterest bug yet? It’s pretty contagious, and I’ve got it bad I think I know the reason why I love working at a place called Extra Space Storage, because I tell you, I have long loved finding places to store things. When I was in grade school, I had a collection of boxes, all sizes and materials. I loved collecting treasures...

  I dream of a perfect pantry with matching jars holding a vast array of dried goods. In this dream food closet, the boxes are color coordinated, the vintage metal bins line the bottom shelf, and the bottles are sparkling and perfectly stacked. ...

  Bidding on the contents of abandoned storage units is a job for some and a hobby for others. And there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, you can make a few bucks. However, you can also end up with the shock of your life, as a couple of people learned this year. With Halloween coming up, I decided to take a look at the most spooky things recently discovered...

  Recently the New York Times reported a compelling fact: “Enough sunlight falls every hour to meet the entire world’s energy needs for one year.” That is a lot of essentially free energy  that’s being wasted! This presents an opportunity to find ways to use the sun and its energy to decrease our impact on the earth’s natural resources. One way of...

  “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned,” said Benjamin Franklin.   Considering this quote allegedly came from the same man who also declared that “a penny saved is a penny earned,” I would guess that time saved is as valuable (if not more so) than money saved. The numbers are more favorable, at least. ...

Posted on Aug 31 2012 - 7:22pm by Tim Eyre
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  Whether you are settling into a new home, planning to move or just doing a little routine maintenance, planning is key to successful DIY projects. Taking an hour or two to select your projects and budget the time and money for them can remove a lot of stress. Here are some tips for making DIY plans. . .and sticking to them: Choose and Prioritize Your Project(s) The...