Posted on Aug 19 2013 - 6:02pm by Jessica Johnson
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Ah, summer! The mercury is rising and the smell of grilling meat is in the air. No doubt you’ve already fired up your own grill and are eagerly planning your next session over the coals. But before you get knee-deep in hot dogs and hamburgers, consider whether you’ve really got the right—or at least the most creative—tools for the job. The Internet is a treasure...

  If you don’t mind the heat, Arizona is a great place to live. From the peaceful vistas of Flagstaff to the bustling action of Phoenix, Arizona is a state to make all the rest of us jealous. Well, it turns out the Grand Canyon state just got a little bit better. Extra Space Storage has opened two spanking new facilities to provide expanded storage possibilities...

  You’ve heard of the rule of three, right? It holds true in math, writing, photography, and certainly doesn’t exclude the process of moving. To throw in another analogy, when you’re shopping for a dress, or a refrigerator, you do not settle on the first one you see. When interviewing babysitters, people feel more confident in their decision if they interview...

  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...

  Things have changed a lot since I went to college, back in the days of the floppy disk. While I carried a paperback dictionary with me in my backpack, a dictionary app can do the job now. Instead of taking a space-hogging alarm clock, a mobile phone will work just fine for waking you up. And thanks to digital music, there’s no longer a need to pack a stereo...

  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...

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...

It’s no secret that consuming tons of stuff isn’t a sustainable way for us all to live on this planet. Yet Americans tend to fill up their houses and garages with piles of things they may not need, and then rent storage units for the overflow. All that stuff takes energy to create and transport and has to go somewhere when it’s discarded. And the bigger and...

  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...

Back to school season is just around the corner and if you’re like me, you dread the chaos that comes with it. The laidback routine of summer falls by the wayside as everyone in the house files in all directions. Make your back to school season a little saner with these organizing tips: Create a Homework Station Kids need a quiet, well-organized place where they...