The Lock Up Self Storage, a Chicago-based operator of self-storage facilities, is embarking on a company-wide conversion to more energy-efficient appliances and procedures. The Lock Up operates 30 climate-controlled self-storage facilities nationwide.
“We take the obligation of doing our part in terms of caring for the environment very seriously,” said Andrea Carnes, vice president of operations. “Equally as important, we have a responsibility to our customers to keep expenses in check so that we can continue to provide them with the most competitive pricing. We feel that our conversion to more eco-friendly, energy-saving practices will help us address both of these issues effectively.”
The changes include adding separate recycle bins, conserving water by reducing or eliminating sprinkler use, converting to compact florescent and LED bulbs, and exchanging existing HVAC systems for Energy Star-rated equipment. Also, the company will donate abandoned items in self-storage units to local charities.
“As a result of these modifications, our newer self-storage facilities are consuming one-third to one-half the amount of utilities used by our older facilities,” Carnes said.
Source: Earth Times, The Lock Up Self Storage Saves Green By Going Green