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  • 14th December 2012
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Big Yellow Self Storage’s Guide to Going Green

Environmental responsibility and rising energy costs have dominated the headlines in recent years with an increased movement towards ‘going green’ and ‘tightening our belts’.
Reducing our energy consumption increases our contribution to greener living while also helping us save pounds. Here at Big Yellow Self Storage we have compiled a simple guide so that each and every one of us can have a greener existence at home, at work and even on the commute.

Going Green at Home

We’re all reasonably good at recycling our glass bottles, old newspapers and ink cartridges but have you ever thought about recycling for example, your old trainers?
You might also be surprised to know that batteries, mobile phones, engine oil and even paint are all recyclable items.
Beyond recycling we can also actively reduce our carbon footprint by switching to energy saving light bulbs, turning off electrical items we are not using and becoming more self-sufficient.
Many of us are guilty of leaving our televisions, laptops and kitchen appliances on standby, however a recent survey by the Energy Saving Trust has revealed that we can save up to £86 annually by making sure that all electrical items are unplugged. With this in mind, it’s definitely worth trying to get into the routine of checking plugs before going to bed at night.

With rising energy costs it has also become important to consider an appliance’s energy efficiency before purchase. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are planning to introduce a product labeling trial next year which will show the lifetime running costs of common household appliances helping us be more energy efficient and eco conscious.
Did you know one third of the 150 litres of water used by the average Brit daily is wasted? You could help reduce how much water you waste every day by thinking about using a watering can instead of the hose while watering your garden and how about installing a dual flush toilet? Dual flush toilets conserve water by offering users a choice of flushes and by handling waste differently from conventional loos.

By doing something as simple as turning the tap off whilst brushing our teeth or manually washing the dishes instead of using the dishwasher can also have a big impact on reducing the amount of water we waste daily.

Insulating your home is also a great way of making life a little greener. Statistics from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) suggest that home owners can save up to £310 a year in heating bills by getting their loft and cavity walls insulated. Insulation increases our environmental contribution as we need to use less fuel and energy to heat our homes.

Going Green at Work

How many of us honestly shut our computer down at the end of the working day?
A study in 2007 revealed that 30% of corporate computers are not turned off overnight generating 14.4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. While leaving non essential appliances like fax machines and printers on overnight in the office wastes enough energy to fuel a small car for 100 miles. That is almost the equivalent of three hour return journey from Buckingham Palace to Brighton Pier (106 miles).

Interestingly research also suggests that one ton of office paper (enough to cover the workload of 10 to 15 employees) requires 17 trees to be demolished. Therefore we all need to make sure our office appliances take a power nap at night and we all do our bit to reduce, reuse and recycle in the office.

Going Green on the Commute

Do you currently drive to work? Have you considered who lives nearby to you in the office? There may even be someone who works in the office next door. Could you share a lift with them or devise a rota where you take it in turns to drive (and share the cost of fuel)?

Liftshare is a website dedicated to this very cause inviting you to submit your home and work address in a bid to connect you with those undertaking a similar commute. Go on, get friendly as well as eco-friendly; you might even save yourself some money.
Using public transport, riding a bicycle or walking to work is also widely regarded as an environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional commute.

Big Yellow Going Green

The Big Yellow Storage Company have increased their renewable energy generation by 11.5% in the past year alone while the installation of motion sensor lighting, rain water harvesting and green roof insulation have helped us keep our footprints green (not yellow!).
We are delighted to be the only storage company to feature in the 2011 Sunday Times Best Green Companies list and were recognised in the sustainable development category in the 2012 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise .

Explore more of this site to discover how Big Yellow Self Storage could offer you the right eco-friendly storage solutions without the massive price tag. Get a storage quote