As the need for self storage continues to grow both in America and Canada, a new trend is emerging – going green, National Geographic News Watch reports.
According to the news outlet, Toronto storage companies are the latest within the field to add solar panels to the tops of their facilities as a means to cutback on utility bills. However, because most of these businesses don't call for a lot of electricity as the units have individual lighting that only goes on when tenants are present, adding the panels are actually a way for the companies to turn a profit. Companies with solar panels are able to generate excess energy and sell it back to the electric companies, making the option a win-win.
Other storage solution businesses around the world are getting into the green ideas as well. A company in London recently received an Environmental Award for its efforts in reducing its environmental impact. The facility built garden areas so runoff water can be naturally purified and switched out florescent bulbs with more energy efficient options, according to the publication.
With more consumers opting to support environmentally sound businesses, storage facilities may want to try going green by switching out old light bulbs, setting up an on-site recycling center or adding solar panels.