Portable storage and accommodation containers are traditionally powered in the same way you power your home – the unit is powered up with plug sockets and lighting is wired in. The whole container is then run on a generator, or uses on-site power if the option is available.
The size and scale of a container means that energy isn’t always the first concern, but lighting and heating can sometimes end up being more expensive than it needs to be for people who don’t know how to maximise the container’s features effectively.
Here we’ve taken a look at a few tips and tricks to offer some inspiration for your own conversion. Take a look – and let us know if you have your own tips to share!
Thankfully, our own storage containers are already well-insulated, so once you’ve heated the container you don’t need to worry too much about keeping the warmth in. What we do recommend is that you situate the container so that the windows are sun-facing, and install blinds with UV protection so that you can always manage the amount of sunlight coming in without compromising too much on light.
Storage containers can get warm, due to their size and the materials used, but you can keep them just as cool and comfortable as any other workspace. We offer extra ventilation as an optional extra in our containers, saving you from shelling out on expensive and energy-heavy cooling systems.
Again, window direction is key, and you might find the inclusion of a skylight very helpful if you have people working in the container throughout the day. In the evening, you’ll want to find some comfortable ways to keep the place lit up without burning through your overheads. One central low-energy bulb might save money, but it doesn’t make for a very pleasant working environment. LED lights are far more efficient, provide much more light and don’t heat up. A coat of paint works wonders, too – make sure you use a low-VOC paint to prevent noxious fumes.
Bear in mind that while the unit will run just as an indoor office will, you will want to conserve energy in the same way – ensuring you turn off electrical appliances at the socket when you’re not in the office, and monitor the use of computers, electrical heaters and fans. Solar panelling will help you conserve more energy, but ultimately the way you manage your office will determine your energy use.
If you have any questions about the contents of this blog post, or you’d like to discuss the use of a storage container, please drop us an email or give us a call for more information