Go Green: Plan an Eco-friendly Picnic

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  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 picnic. An earth-friendly picnic can be easy, affordable and fun! When you’re planning your picnic, a big goal to keep in mind is to avoid disposables. That means no packaged food items like pudding cups, bags of chips or bottled water. Instead of including prepackaged … [More]

Start A Green Habit to Honor Earth Day 2013

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  Celebrated each year on April 22, Earth Day is a good time to make a new commitment to do your part for the earth. I know that some people scoff at the idea that a single day can make any kind of difference, but “Earth Day” is a misleading name. It’s not a single day to think about the earth. Rather, Earth Day is your reminder to make a commitment to help the earth throughout the year. That’s how I think of it! If you observe Earth Day 2013, you certainly won’t be alone. According to earthday.org, more than one billion people around the world are expected to … [More]

Q&A with a Justin Krum A Solar Power Brainiac

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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 operating costs. And we’re adding even more solar panels as you read this!   Justin wants to help others realize that solar energy puts more choices in the hands of homeowners and business owners. Consumers really don’t have to completely rely on utility companies for power! In … [More]

Tankless Water Heaters: Conversation Killer but Energy Saver

  Some of you may remember the awkward moment on Ashley’s Hebert’s season of The Bachelorette when contestant Ryan Park talked about tankless water heaters on what turned out to be his final date with Ashley. Though that topic of conversation seemed to be the nail in the coffin, he did bring up some good points. (Go to minute 6:20 to watch the drama unfold)   A traditional gas-fired storage-tank water heater uses natural gas to heat water. As the water temperature drops, the system kicks on the heat to bring it back up to the appropriate level. This is an ongoing process – always happening whether you … [More]

Everyday Ways to Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

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You probably already know about replacing frequently used light bulbs with CFLs, so I won’t hit you over the head with that one. And I’m guessing you’ve heard that upgrading to more energy-efficient appliances also makes a big dent in your carbon footprint, so I won’t go there. Yet, I’m guessing you may not know how many pounds of carbon dioxide you can shave off your carbon footprint by making a few other slight adjustments, such as only running full loads in your dishwasher or changing your air filter regularly. But first, what is a “carbon footprint” anyway? We all have one, even if we can’t see it! … [More]