Marketing a self storage facility today can be a bit of a challenge! How can you make this easier on yourself and ultimately make your business more successful? By making your facility more environmentally friendly. Consumers love supporting companies who are going green and who are making an effort to be environmentally-conscious. It doesn’t matter if you are in the process of building a new facility or are making some changes to already existing facility, there are plenty of small changes that you can make that will not only make your customers feel good about supporting your facility, but some will even save you some money in the long run!
- 1.Go Paperless!
Doesn’t this sound so simple? But think about how much paper waste you produce on a regular basis. By going to a digitally based system you will be able to do things like electronic signatures, store documents in a cloud-based storage system, and even eliminate the need for sending out paper bills. People love the convenience of going paperless. And that is a bonus because they are more likely to pay their bill on time with a reminder message than with a paper bill. No more need for a paper shredder, carrying large boxes of reems of paper, and dealing with jammed printers!
- Have More Landscaping
Do you really need a large paved parking-lot? Not only will wear and tare over time cost you money, bnut have you ever considered what these do to the environment? Because of water run-off and erosion, theses paved lots will crumble under the pressure of fast moving water and that run off will carry these eroded pavement into nearby bodies of water. Not good! By adding in some landscaping, like bushes or hedges, or even just less paved driveways, you can help avoid this problem. Another plus? It looks really nice!
- Build additions or remodels that are LEED-Certified
If you are working on an existing facility, is it dated? If so, chances are pretty high that you can improve the energy efficiency. If you are in a position to do this, try to find a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-accredited contractor. Buildings that are build under these standards are created to be modernly energy efficient with having low-energy lighting and HVAC systems, great indoor air quality, water conservation, and sustainable materials being used. This will certainly save you money in the long run!