Time to Start Saving Energy!

green trends, storage facilities, renewable energy, green energy, sustainable energy, eco design, sustainable design, solar power, cedar storage, storage mart,  Secure Self Storage, green storage facilities, energy saving, The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that school could save approximately 50% on their energy costs by taking part in simple energy-saving measures.  GEF is calling on all schools to improve their energy efficiency by signing up for the Green Energy Challenge and taking part in energy-efficient activities.

These practices can be adopted by schools, but also organizations, homes and businesses! By investigating your surroundings and analyzing your needs, you may be surprised by the opportunities to save energy.  Take self-storage facilities for example. They operate on open chunks of land with big, windowless boxes scattered throughout. The most obvious change to make is to ensure the lights aren’t on 24 hours a day within the units, along the paths, and in the driveway since they may only be visited by customers a couple of times a month. Solution: install some motion sensors! Check!

What else? Well, do you have consistent sun exposure or a strong wind? Consider powering your facility (read home, school, or office) with renewable energy sources by installing solar panels or a wind turbine.  StorageMart and Allegan U Stor have taken on solar panel initiatives that provide so much energy they are actually able to sell some back! Sometimes these installations can even earn you a tax break from your state. Check Check!!

Let’s get creative. Your storage facility site is made up of a whole lot of big, flat boxes …. the perfect setting for a green roof! Rooftop vegetation can prolong the life of the roof, provide extra insulation in the winter, and reduce stormwater run-off. Check Check Check!!!

So, now it’s your turn! How do you conserve energy in your school, business or home? For inspiration, be sure to visit the Green Energy Challenge curriculum and activities section.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/self-storage-facilities-choose-to-embrace-green-energy-practices/

About Green Education Foundation (GEF)

Mission Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. Sustainability Education provides educators with the real-world applied learning models that connect science, technology, and math education with the broader human concerns of environmental, economic, and social systems. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. Visit www.greeneducationfoundation.org to register for free and to gain full access to GEF’s comprehensive library of standards-based lessons and activities.
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4 Responses to Time to Start Saving Energy!

  1. Those storage facilities could easily avoid electric lighting in the daytime while still illuminating their spaces with daylighting devices. Great article, great push for energy savings. Thanks! Following!

  2. Thanks for the follow! It’s amazing that leaving lights on 24/7 is a normal practice in many businesses and it’s not given two thoughts.

  3. Fantastic article ! You havemade some very astute statements and I appreciate the the effort you have put into your writing. Its clear that you know what you are writing about. I am excited to read more of your sites content.

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