With Earth Day fast approaching, now is a good time to reflect on our world, the environment, and... whether or not you're banking green? When making the decision to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, there are a number of simple steps you can take to start being more "green" – and evaluating how you bank is one of them.
Here are three basic steps you can take to start positively impacting the environment simply through the way you bank. They might even help you simplify your life in the process!
- Sign Up for Online Banking – Go paperless and sign up for online banking. Not only will you reduce waste by eliminating a paper statement from your life, but you'll also make your life easier and more secure. With online banking, your statements will be in one easy-to-access location and will be protected by the enhanced security measures banks take to prevent identity theft.
- Receive Your Paycheck by Direct Deposit – Rather than heading to the bank after payday, sign up for direct deposit and your paycheck will be automatically deposited into your account. Not only will this save you time and money by reducing the amount of gas you use on those numerous trips to the bank, but direct deposit will also give you quick access to your funds.
- Utilize Online Bill Pay Services – Whether through your bank's online banking platform or directly through a company's website, signing up for online bill pay services will reduce your impact on the environment as you will no longer need to receive paper copies of your bills. In addition, you'll save money by eliminating the costs of envelopes and postage from sending your bills in by mail.
Going green doesn't have to be a daunting task. Starting with simple solutions like these can immediately offset your impact on the environment while saving you valuable time and money.