Posted by On 29-06-2020

Abacus Self Storage Is Now Almost Totally Carbon Neutral for Electricity Consumption

Abacus Self Storage is now carbon neutral for electricity consumption

Climate change is a real and immediate issue. Of course, not everyone agrees with this statement. And of course there is much debate about what we should do to mitigate greenhouse gas impacts, and what the costs and impact on our economy might be.

Regardless of how a person feels about this important subject and the risks to our planet, the consequences of being wrong would be catastrophic. Accordingly, even a very small probability of being wrong on this matter dictates that we take corrective action. Given these realities, it does seem to be prudent to at take reasonable precaution to reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions however we can. And that includes both individual and collective actions by all of us, large and small.

We at Abacus want to do our part, and in addition to other actions, we have recently completed a large action. We have installed a solar panel system aimed at reducing our electrical consumption to nearly zero, or by about 95%. The cost of this installation is not insubstantial, and the payback from reduced hydro consumption costs will take about 10 to 12 years into the future.

Prior to this installation, Abacus Self Storage made other substantial cost investments aimed at reducing hydro consumption and consequent greenhouse gas emissions. Most notable of these was the installation of an LED lighting system throughout the Abacus facility (again at substantial capital cost) several years ago which substantially reduced our kilowatt hour consumption at that time.

From another perspective, Abacus recently installed a new steel roof over the higher roof buildings at the rear of the property, and simultaneously took the opportunity to install new roof insulation to reduce heat loss and thereby reduce heating needs and natural gas consumption (the insulation will also keep the building cooler in summer months). All of this is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

For many years, it has been Abacus practice to keep interior storage area/unit temperatures at 8 to 10 degrees Celsius (about 48 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit). The goal is to make the building at least reasonably comfortable and safe in the winter months, while at the same time minimizing natural gas consumption and thereby reducing related greenhouse gas emissions.

The Abacus emergency electricity generator is powered by natural gas, again aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. The generator has on more than one occasion prevented major loss and damage to customers’ contents during prolonged electrical power supply outages from the local hydro authority.

In future, the people at Abacus will continue their efforts to find ways and if necessary make expenditures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – energy conservation is an Abacus core operating practice and value.


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Abacus has been helping customers meet their storage needs over many years.

The people in our testimonials are amongst the thousands of people that Abacus has had the privilege of serving since 1999. Some of these customers have taken the time to give us feedback, both personally and in written reviews, on their experience at Abacus, and for that we are most grateful.


Learn More About Abacus Self Storage in the Greater Toronto Area!

What is the price, and are there any promotions?

Our affordable prices are always set to deliver great value. Further, we regularly run promotions to give our customers the best deals on self-storage.

What should I do if my administrative/personal information has changed?
If your contact information (phone, email, address) changes, please let us know as soon as possible. If you are moving, be sure to change address for utilities, telephones, etc. Organize a checklist related to your move. The post office has special forms for address changes.
What do I need to do if I want to vacate my unit?
Give 1 week notice when the unit is being vacated.
Do I need reservations on a storage unit?
Inquire about advance reservations, to help ensure that a properly sized storage unit will be available when you need it. At Abacus, we do not charge for making advance reservations.
What should I be aware of when renting a storage unit?
Take time to review the storage agreement, as it is your protection while in storage.