Green tip for week #16 — Week of August 17, 2008

Try online banking!

One doesn’t immediately think of “online banking” and “green living” as two things that go hand-in-hand.  However, it’s a logical idea for trying to take small steps toward a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future.  Online banking can now be utilized by the masses, with not much more than what most of us have had for years – a computer, a scanner, and an internet connection.

Many banks offer online account information, bill pay, funds transfer, even loan applications or check depositing.  Think of how many people make weekly or more often stops at the bank to deposit a check, withdraw money, pay a bill, or any other banking activity.  Each stop requires the energy resources it takes to get you to the bank (presuming you are using a car or public transportation), and most bank transactions have a paper trail (meaning you use a deposit slip, withdrawal slip, etc.).

Using online banking means you have the ability to access most of the functions you would do at the bank office, from the convenience of your home.  Since online banking typically gives you the flexibility of not receiving paper statements in the mail, you can further reduce your environmental impact by managing your bank accounts electronically, depositing checks, transferring funds, and more, without ever stepping into your car.

Will online banking make the world a greener place and save the environment from global warming?  No, not alone.  Keep in mind that each green tip you see on is part of a multi-step weekly process to identify ways to live a more environmentally responsible (i.e. “green”) life, without making drastic change.

Remember that taking small steps today can lead to substantial benefits to the environment tomorrow!

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