November 01, 2012 // Franchising.com // Washington, DC – Storing your seldom used household furniture, large heirlooms, seasonal equipment and other space-hogging items is a good idea, but is it “green?” Zippy Shell USA, a leading mobile self storage company, says green storage is real based on how they operate their business.
“Our process creates several opportunities for saving energy, reducing waste and efficiently using space,” says Ben Phillips, Marketing Director. “We encourage our franchisees to look for ways to reduce our footprint on the environment.”
People storing their belongings themselves at a storage facility generally make multiples trips to their unit during the initial loading and throughout the time period the items are stored. With a mobile self storage solution, the container is delivered to the residence or business and then transported to the storage warehouse, resulting in just one vehicle trip.
Public storage facilities have many people in and out of them during a typical day. This creates a situation where doors are opened and closed hundreds of time a day. And then there is the inevitable holding of the door open as items are loaded or unloaded into units. It puts quite a strain on climate control systems. A lot of heat or air conditioning escapes, which means wasted energy. Mobile storage containers are brought into the storage warehouse quickly since all the items are contained within so doors are opened just once and for a short period of time.
Storage facilities that have public access require a lot of lighting and many of those lights are left on nearly all day. Even with timers and motions sensors, lights are still on frequently for long periods of time. Since mobile storage containers are only accessed by staff, lights are kept off more often. “Our Zippy Shells are loaded into the secure warehouse once, and very quickly, so lights are used much less than traditional self storage,” said Phillips.
Self storage facilities that are accessed by the public must be in convenient locations and operators must concern themselves with the look and feel of the facility, usually opting for new construction. Since mobile self storage customers rarely if ever visit the warehouse facility, existing structures can be utilized and adapted for this new use. The environmental benefit is that an older structure, which might have been left to decay over decades, is put back into use and, no new construction is required.
Mobile storage warehouses are exactly that, warehouses. Storage containers, or “shells” as Zippy Shell calls them, are stored like freight boxes and do not require individual rooms/units like traditional self storage facilities do. The result is that more items can be stored in a smaller space, resulting in the need for less square-footage and a smaller overall footprint.
There is much to consider when securing a storage solutions for your belongings. Add green storage to the list of benefits of mobile self storage!
Zippy Shell USA, LLC is a domestic franchisor of a patent pending and unique mobile self-storage system. The Zippy Shell system currently has 20 independently owned franchise operators of the Zippy Shell Brand in 40 markets. Zippy Shell USA, LLC is headquartered in Washington DC. Anyone interested in learning more about Zippy Shell Mobile Self Storage services and franchise opportunities should visit http://www.zippyshell.com/about-zippy-shell/ or call (888) 898-2270
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