As everyone knows, ‘going green’ is a hot topic in the media today. President Obama has pledged to dedicate much of his presidency to solving the crisis of global warming, recently rebates were given to car owners that traded in gas guzzlers for newer, more efficient cars, grocery stores are selling ‘green’ reusable cloth bags as opposed to plastic, and the list goes on and on. As a home owner myself, I also sought to integrate new green-minded standards such as recycling, replacing traditional light bulbs, and changing the windows in my home.
So if you are a person that uses storage or is looking to rent a storage unit and would like to make sure you’re ‘storing green’ what are some steps you can take? Below I’ve given some easy to follow tips on how to use self storage or mobile storage and still be environmentally friendly.
These five green tips will help to reduce your carbon footprint while storing and will allow you to use storage more efficiently, perhaps even saving you some money.
- 1. Only use climate controlled storage when necessary. Many times people think they need a climate controlled storage unit when they really do not. Consider what you are storing and think about whether it really needs climate control or not. Items that really need climate control are electronics, antique furniture, pictures, etc. and only in extreme conditions such as winter in Minnesota or summer in Florida. Perhaps only a few of the smaller items you are storing require climate control while the majority of your belongings do not. Consider storing these few smaller items elsewhere such as a closet in your home or a basement. This will allow you to rent a non-climate controlled unit to store the rest of your items.
- Use old newspapers and biodegradable packing peanuts for packing material instead of using plastic bubble wrap. Many storage facilities sell plastic bubble wrap or foam peanuts for packing supplies. While these can be very convenient they are not always the most environmentally friendly. If you know you are going to be storing soon, consider saving up old newspapers, plastic shopping bags, etc and use them to pack your breakables. You can also use other items such as clothing and towels to pack around breakable items. This will not only provides ‘green’ packing material but may also help you pack more efficiently and allow you to rent a smaller unit. Saving money is always a good thing!
- Visit your storage unit during the day when natural light is available as opposed to at night when you will use electricity while in your unit. I know this isn’t always possible, but try to plan out your visits during the day. Just doing that much more to save resources can really add up over time. Also, ask your storage facility what type of lighting they are using to light the outside of their building. Suggesting they use more efficient light bulbs such as florescent light will help them become more green as well.
- If you’re using a moving truck pack it smartly so that you will only have to make one trip as opposed to multiple trips using more gas. This will not only help the environment, but will also save you precious time and money. Consider how you will pack your truck the day before your move, not when the movers/helpers are waiting to load. Have a loading plan in place. You’ll save a lot of time, be able to pack more efficiently, and your overall moving experience will be that much more enjoyable.
- Recycle gently used items instead of throwing them away by giving them to a charity such as Goodwill. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Although you may want to throw it in the dumpster, remember that’s only going to a landfill. By giving it to an organization such as Goodwill you’re not only helping the environment but helping someone else.
While the overall concept of storage may seem anti-green, it is a fact that at some time in their lives 1 out of 10 American households will use storage. When storing it is definitely possible to be ‘green’. By being creative and following the five above ‘green storage’ tips you’ll be doing your part to help the environment – and most likely you’ll save some time and money along the way. Always ask your storage provider what they are doing to ‘go green’. It may surprise you. You may also help them determine ways they can become more green. Going green is a way of life that includes the way you run your home, drive your car, and yes, even store your goods. With a little effort from everyone we can make a huge difference in the battle on global warming. To learn more about eco-friendly ideas or suggestions call USstorageSearch.com at 866-880-0742 or visit them online at http://www.usstoragesearch.com/.