With the current Climate Summit taking place, and protests across the world, all eyes are on what governments will be doing to curb out greenhouse emissions. Many consumers are also asking what they can do to help. There are already so many things you have to consider, and yes, your storage unit is one place you can cut out some CO2 from your lifestyle.
When choosing a storage facility for your items, one of the smartest choices you can make is choosing a green facility. What does it mean to be a “green” storage facility?
Location: Choose a storage facility near an urban center, assuming you live in an urban area. This will provide you with more car and truck sharing opportunities, as well as mass transit options. Urban facilities also tend to favor vertical development, and pack in more square-footage of storage space over a smaller foot print. Many of us are familiar with the problems of sprawl, and single story, drive up access to individual storage units have a much greater environmental impact than higher density multi-story storage buildings.
Building repurpose: Find a storage company that has given new life to a warehouse. Retrofitting of warehouses has a far smaller carbon footprint than new construction of facilities with its new inputs of steel, wood and concrete. Turn of the century warehouses were designed and constructed to handle very heavy p.s.f. floor loads, making them ideal for self storage conversion.
Energy use: Find a storage company that utilizes the solar potential of its roof top. Solar will help offset energy use, such as elevators, humidity control and heating. You’ll want to really consider whether or not to use climate control. You will save a lot of money on your monthly storage bill, and you’ll save a lot of energy use that would just go to keeping your items cool. It’s more important to consider relative humidity that a building maintains. Several simple measures can even prevent humidity issues, such as how you pack you storage unit or the use of mattress and furniture covers. Climate control is a major use of energy, and in many cases, it is highly unnecessary in preserving the condition of your furniture. The condition you bring your furniture into storage will make a difference too. Make sure upholstery and carpets are clean and dry, and protected with a bag or dust cover. Pack your storage unit in a way that favors air flow. Some common sense tips will save you a lot in the end.
As urban centers continue to grow in population, it is good to know that this trend is reducing our carbon foot print. Why? Mostly because urban populations live more densely, share many of their larger things, such as yards and transportation, and in general they live on a smaller scale than suburban neighbors.