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U-Haul 2010 Galaxy Star of Energy Efficiency Award

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Uploaded on Oct 6, 2010

The Alliance to Save Energy awarded its 2010 Galaxy Star of Energy Efficiency Award to U-Haul International, Inc. This award recognizes organizations/companies with more than $150 million in annual revenue for their efforts to promote energy efficiency. Previous winners include The Home Depot, Dow Chemicals and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

U-Haul, North America's largest do-it-yourself moving and storage operator, received the 2010 Galaxy Star of Energy Efficiency Award for its leadership in energy and climate stewardship. To date, the company's Energy Management Team has funded 215 energy-efficiency projects, resulting in an estimated average monthly energy savings of 5,723kWh per site in U-Haul Centers across North America.

U-Haul is in the sharing business. The company was founded on the fundamental philosophy that "the division of use and specialization of ownership" is good for U-Haul customers and the environment. The rental-sharing concept is one of careful management of the Earth's resources, including energy, while making these resources available to the Earth's inhabitants. A 2008 study shows every U-Haul truck placed in a local community helps keep 19 personally owned, large-capacity vehicles off the road.

The U-Haul Take a Box, Leave a Box Program encourages customers to pick up free used boxes while leaving no-longer needed used boxes for other customers. U-Haul has encouraged the reuse of more than 2.5 million boxes since the program's inception in 2007, which significantly reduces energy and resource consumption required to manufacture new boxes.

Similarly, the company's Sustainable Modular Storage Program, exclusive to U-Haul, reuses detached van bodies from retired U-Haul trucks to build sustainably engineered self-storage units. Every thousand square feet of reused storage-unit space eliminates 17.3 tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To date, the U-Haul Sustainable Modular Storage Program has resulted in the avoidance of more than 10,554 tons of GHG emissions.

In 2007, U-Haul partnered with Ford to create and implement an innovative 3-Wet Paint technology designed to manage GHG emissions and decrease energy usage. Allowing three layers of wet paint to be applied in immediate succession, 3-Wet Paint eliminates the need for using high-temperature ovens between each coat of paint. The 3-Wet technology reduces GHG emissions by an estimated 15 percent per paint job, and decreases overall energy consumption in maintaining the company's fleet of more than 178,500 trucks and trailers.

With direct and indirect energy savings, U-Haul helps mitigate high-energy consumption throughout the U.S. and Canada, demonstrating that excellent environmental practices enhance corporate sustainability and foster a healthier community.

For more information on U-Haul sustainability initiatives: http://www.uhaul.com/About/Sustainabi...

For more information on the Alliance to Save Energy: http://ase.org

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