If you happened to see a greater-than-usual number of people out planting trees this morning as you were driving to work, and you’re wondering why, we’re here to solve your mystery…today is National Arbor Day.
Whether you plan to plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day or not, we thought it might be useful to remind you of some easy ways you can help save trees and reduce the amount of paper clutter in all of our lives.
Here a few simple things you can do to save a tree:
Use Online Banking
Online banking is a great paperless solution to managing your bank accounts – all you need is a computer with internet access (such the one you’re using right now to read this article).
Pay Bills Using Electronic Bill Payments
Once enrolled in online banking, you can initiate payments using the bill payment service. Using an electronic bill payment service is simple, and it reduces your need to order checks, not to mention the envelopes and stamps you save.
Transfer Money between Banks Using External Account Transfers
Using external account transfers, also known as account to account transfers, you can move money electronically between accounts at various financial institutions.
Sign Up for eStatements
eStatements are delivered electronically to your online banking mailbox. Not only do eStatements save trees, they also save you the time and trouble of filing your paper statements. With eStatements, 18 months of statements are automatically saved electronically for retention purposes, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of all your old statements.
Use Mobile Banking
With Mobile Banking you can see your account balances and transfer money between accounts on the go. There’s no need to haul around a laptop, simply use your internet enabled phone to quickly access your bank.
In honor of the great White Oak (The official Maryland State Tree…but you knew that, right?), be sure to take advantage of ways to manage your finances without using unnecessary paper.