Last month I talked about the different things Extra Space Storage is doing to reduce its consumption of electricity. This week I want to highlight a kind of lighting that we use at our facilities to reduce energy consumption – LED lighting. Even though LED doesn’t stand for Less Energy Destroyed, it might as well. LED lighting is at the cutting edge of lighting...

My husband has a prized collection commandeering an entire drawer in the largest drawer of our home office desk. It is filled with every cord, cable, computer plug, microphone, headphones, mouse, and anything else that has been or ever could be attached to a computer. I call it the Pit of Dis-cords. Not my most clever moment, but it stuck somehow. In this Pit of Dis-cords,...

Yes, home is where the heart is, and where the bills are made! I was once an apartment dweller, and I remember being frustrated by the lack of control I felt. I had to wait for the operatic dishwasher to break before I could get a quieter, more efficient model. With the refrigerator, I was lucky if I got ice, much less an Energy Star darling. But enough with the appliance...

Posted on May 2 2012 - 10:55am by Tim Eyre
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If you don’t like to plan things, then you really may not like loading a moving truck yourself. Sorry, but you’ve got to have a plan. No excuses, and no winging it. I agree that it sounds rather boring to plan out how you’ll load your moving truck, but it’s better than the alternative. If a moving truck isn’t loaded correctly, you may not only waste a bunch...

Posted on Apr 30 2012 - 1:17pm by Jessica Johnson
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I should know better than to test Mother Nature. No sooner had I claimed her incredible kindness at the balmy and beautiful spring weather than she up and threw a monster storm on one side of the country and little threats for everyone else. When will I learn? Luckily, I had been cleaning out the garage over the weekend and didn’t have time to fully trade up my...

Posted on Apr 27 2012 - 9:30am by Tim Eyre
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If you’re like me, you leave the actual moving of boxes to the professionals, but you’d rather pack the boxes yourself. I’m not saying that I can do a better job than a professional packer, but I think packing my own boxes does have some advantages. For one, I can mull over whether I really want to keep and move an item, or toss it in the pile to donate. Yes,...

Most of us just grin and bear it when it comes to various checkups – dental exams, cholesterol screenings, even car tune-ups. But when do we take time out to check up on what could be our biggest material investment? Yes, I’m speaking of home sweet home. I’m just as much of a procrastinator as the next person. My wife can tell you that she has to...

Posted on Apr 23 2012 - 1:37pm by Jessica Johnson
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I hope I am not jinxing Mother Nature and her recent springtime kindness, but I believe that winter may be officially behind us. There have been sprinklings of snow, but they quickly turn into gushing streams of water as soon as the sun shines. I have to admit, I am pretty much in love with Spring this year. Which means it is also officially time to pack up the winter...

Posted on Apr 20 2012 - 9:06am by Tim Eyre
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When you need it most, there’s nothing more perfect than a good moving box! When I move, I usually need a few more boxes than I had anticipated, but once the unpacking starts, I can’t wait to get rid of the cardboard clutter. I have to keep in mind that while the easiest solution may be to take the boxes to a recycling center, that’s not always the...

Posted on Apr 18 2012 - 3:23pm by Tim Eyre
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I’m sometimes weary of “green”  or “eco-friendly” claims. After all, anyone can say a home (or just about anything) is green. So, it’s good to look out for greenwashing, which occurs when a person or company tries to sell you something that’s promoted as green, but is really just regular brown in a green package. It’s...