Lakeville Self Storage of Lakeville, Mass., received a special mention from AlternativeConsumer.com as one of the "Top Ten Greenest Storage Facilities in the United States" for its geothermal heating/cooling system.
In an entry dated Aug. 27, the website recognized the self-storage facility for using geothermal energy for heating in winter as well as cooling in summer, explained owner Bill Markson. “Water is pumped through heat pumps, which transfer the heat energy from or to the air (depending on the season). The air is then blown through ducts to heat or cool the storage units, as well as our office building," Markson said.
The system was designed and built by the Virstar Geothermal Energy HVAC Group of Hollis, N.H., under the direction of company president Gary Maedl.
Open since June 2008, Lakeville Self Storage rents conventional and climate-control storage units and exterior RV and boat storage. The facility also rents U-Haul trucks and trailers, and sells a variety of moving and packing supplies.