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Hide-Away Storage "Goes Green"!

March 23, 2010

Sarasota, FL March 23, 2010 – Hide-Away Storage is “going green” by making major changes at their self storage locations to conserve energy, including new lights to cut electrical consumption by 75% along its many driveways.

“The new compact fluorescent bulbs we are using for driveway lights use only 41 watts, compared to 175 watts for the older metal halide bulbs, and they both produce nearly the same amount of light,” according to Steve Wilson, managing partner for the Hide-Away Storage chain based in Bradenton and Sarasota. “The compact florescent lights also last longer and costs less to buy than traditional metal halide. We are helping the environment and also saving a lot of money for us and our customers.”

Wilson said most other businesses could benefit from the same changes Hide-Away Storage is making to become “greener” and also save money. He said only recently did he realize that large compact florescent bulbs are available to replace the traditional metal halide bulbs commonly used for outside lighting. The smaller indoor residential type of compact florescent bulbs have been available for some time.

Hide-Away also is participating with Florida Power and Light to save electricity by spraying a special heat-reflecting coating on the roofs of its air conditioned storage buildings. This heat-reflecting film could save up to 20% on air conditioning costs, he said. Hide-Away has 12 storage locations in Sarasota, Bradenton, Ellenton, St. Petersburg, Ft. Myers and Naples.

A third energy-saving program by Hide-Away is the gradual replacement of traditional florescent lighting fixtures with energy efficient electronic ballasts and electronic florescent bulbs. The change to electronic ballasts for indoor florescent fixtures could save about 33% on electrical demand by cutting the heat generated by traditional ballasts and their electrical demand, Wilson said.

About Hide-Away Storage Hide-Away Storage operates 10 traditional self-storage facilities and two Mobile Storage warehouses on the Southwest coast of Florida. The self storage facilities are located in St. Petersburg, Ellenton, Bradenton, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, and Naples, Florida. Hide-Away delivers portable storage units in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee and Collier Counties. The company also provides full-service moving of household goods. Hide-Away has approximately one million square feet of storage space, and is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. The company was started in 1977 in Bradenton by Steve Wilson, who remains the managing partner.

Contact: Hide-Away Storage
Meisha Wilson
Hide-Away Storage Services
941-306-4097

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