At the beginning of the year, we all make some resolutions. So, this year as a collective we should strive toward helping our planet to stay healthy. This is why today we present you with -how to go green in your storage. No matter where you move with Number 1 Van Lines you should strive towards more eco-friendly moving solutions. Going green in your storage unit you will not only be able to protect your items in the most optimal way but you will be saving the planet. So, let’s see how to go green and what benefits you will have by doing this.
Before going green in your storage unit find the best storage facility
Before you find the best storage in Canada, you need to determine what items you want to store. Inspect them well before, you don’t want to keep something that is broken. After you have decided on what items are going to be moved to a storage unit of your choice, you should make an inventory. This is very important since you will know at all times what you have in your storage unit. Before you choose a unit, there are certain things you should pay attention to.
- A dry storage unit is a must. You want your belongings to stay dry and in good condition.
- Climate-controlled storage is important when you are storing certain items, especially in the summer.
- Check the security of the unit. Is there 24/7 surveillance?
- Accessibility- some storage facilities don’t allow public entry, while others do. Which one you will choose depends on whether you want to use your storage often or not. If you will use your unit regularly then find a place where you can go whenever you need to.
Paying attention to these things will help you choose the best storage unit for your valuables. So, take your time to inspect and choose the right one for you.
Green packing solutions are the way to go
Since you will have to protect your items before storing them, our first moving green and storing green tip is to use green packaging. You can recycle regular cardboard boxes, however, they consume a lot of energy when they are being manufactured and recycled. Luckily nowadays there are many green packing solutions that are affordable, and easy to find. Everything that you need to secure and protect your belongings you can find for an affordable price. Moreover, some moving companies will provide you with these types of boxes for free or for a small fee. You can find reusable boxes or biodegradable ones, it’s up to you. With a small effort, your items will be well-protected while you are making a good deed for the planet.
Instead of throwing your green boxes away once you are done, keep them for future use. Moreover, you can use your boxes as isolation. Some storage units are poorly isolated so the heat and the cold could damage your items. By placing some of the eco-friendly cardboard boxes in the right places you will be able to isolate your unit well. This way you are being mindful of unnecessary wasting, and you are saving money since you will not need to buy another material to isolate your unit.
Use eco-friendly light bulbs when going green in your storage unit
This is the easiest way to go green in your storage unit. Replace your old regular lightbulbs with led bulbs. It’s true that they are a bit pricier than the regular ones but they will save you money in the long run. They use less energy which means that your electricity bill will be lower. Plus, they last longer. Another thing you can do is invest in motion sensors. You don’t need light all the time in your storage unit. Even if you turn the lights on only when you are in there, it can happen that you forget to turn it off. But with a motion sensor light system there is nothing to worry about.
Use clean energy in your unit
You should consider investing in solar panels. We understand that this is not a budget-friendly solution, but we can assure you that it’s worth it in the long run. Thanks to the flat roof of storage units installing them will be easy. Your solar panels will get energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. Once you install solar panels you will be more than grateful that you made this step. You will save money in the future and have clean energy which will make your storage green.
Recycle everything you can after you no longer need it
Two billion tons of waste are produced each year in the world and this number is constantly increasing. So, it is important to do something about it. Recycling is one of the solutions. Recycling partially preserves the planet’s resources and also reduces the pollution of treated waste. Not to mention that tons of waste are thrown into nature every day. Whether it’s packing materials or some items that you no longer need, make sure to recycle them all. Some storage facilities offer onsite recycling which is very convenient. What you can also do is ask people around you if they need anything, maybe some of the things you want to recycle will be of good use to them.
All of these gestures that may seem small to you are helping our planet stay healthy. So, try to be mindful as much as you can. Going green in your storage means that you care about our ecosystem. Start from somewhere, and go towards becoming more and more eco-friendly, not just only in your storage but in your day-to-day life.