Managing What’s Inside: Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing

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  We’re proud of our energy-saving projects like solar panel installation, but what’s at the very heart of facilities management is MEP, or mechanical, electrical and plumbing. That stuff inside properties that makes them tick, the MEP, is always top-of-mind for me when it comes to saving energy. So, I want to share what we’ve been up to with MEP. We’ve made improvements to the MEP systems of our properties in the past, and we kept that going last year. In 2012, we analyzed an additional 119 properties from an MEP standpoint, and made improvements where necessary to lower our impact on the environment and save money.   Mechanical: … [More]

Our Year in Sustainability: Highlights from 2012


  We’ve had a wonderful year of teamwork among our facilities management team, storage facility managers and solar power partner! In 2012, we moved forward with implementing some major projects to improve our commitment to corporate responsibility. And I’m happy to say that we saved a lot of energy by adding more solar power and tackling other energy-efficiency projects. Looking to the future, we’re exploring additional ways to be more sustainable, such as rainwater harvesting and providing more hybrid cars for our district managers.   Here are the highlights of our year in sustainability: Reduced our carbon footprint by adding solar power to more storage facilities, bringing the total … [More]

Less Energy Destroyed – LED Lighting

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 technology. Only until recently has this type of lighting become more widely used and recognized. LED lights outperform incandescent light bulbs and compact fluorescents (CFLs) in the following areas: Life Span Environmental Impact Light Output And when I say outperform, I mean SIGNIFICANTLY outperform the … [More]