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Energy-Efficient Lighting Helps Self-Storage Owners Save Money and Better Serve Customers

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“Green” isn’t just a buzzword. Customers are using their wallets to reward companies who take steps to reduce their carbon footprint and implement sustainable business practices. Energy-efficient lighting reduces electricity use and landfill waste, and doesn’t contain mercury or other harmful elements like fluorescent lighting.

A Tempe Facility Turns a New Bulb

This year, the owner of Tempe Storage Co. in Arizona wanted to update the facility’s exterior with energy-efficient lighting to significantly reduce electricity costs and improve light quality for customers. After replacing its 44 215-watt HPS lamps with 26-watt LED fixtures, the facility reduced its lighting-energy consumption by 87 percent.

In addition to the energy savings, the LED lighting increases onsite security and provides a brighter night-time loading and unloading environment for tenants. The new lights have improved the ground lighting by an average of 20 percent, and the facility’s new appearance provides a higher street-level attraction for marketability and awareness.

“We want to provide our community a safe, secure place to store their personal and business valuables, and better lighting helps us deliver on our customer-satisfaction promise,” says facility owner Terry Blakemore. “We are able to pass along our reduced energy savings to our customers by keeping our monthly rental prices very competitive, especially considering we are Tempe’s newest storage facility.”

The facility also dramatically reduced its future lighting-related maintenance expenses, since LED lamps have a 12-year estimated life. Blakemore projects his annual electricity savings and reduction in maintenance expenses will total nearly $4,000 per year. The return on investment over 12 years is more than 500 percent, with breakeven in just 30 months.

In addition, Blakemore was able to take advantage of utility rebates, which paid for nearly 20 percent of the upgrade project. He’s also eligible for a 100 percent tax deduction through The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010.

Retrofitting a self-storage facility with LED lighting is a popular way to save on energy costs, as LED lights consume an average of 50 percent to 80 percent less energy compared to traditional lighting. Additional savings include maintenance and replacement costs, as LED lights average 50,000 hours of use and produce very little heat.

Tempe Storage Co. reduced its electricity and maintenance expenses while improving the safety and sustainability of the facility. With energy-efficient lighting, everyone wins.

Daniel Henderson is the CEO of Relumination, which provides LED lighting solutions. The company offers a complete service program including free lighting assessments, rebate and cost-savings analyses, financing solutions to maximize return on investment, new and retrofit installation, and complete project management. For more information, 888.48.LIGHT; e-mail ; visit .

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