Technology & Finance
Subscribe To Online Newspapers
Cancel your paper subscription altogether and get your news, often from the same newspaper publisher, online on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Each year, 10 million tons of newspapers are tossed into landfills and aren't recycled. If just half of these were recycled, it would save 75 million trees. Picking up your daily newspaper at the news stand can cost you $225-$300/year and far outweighs the energy cost to read it online.
Take Full Advantage Of Online Banking
Much easier than taking a trip to the bank, online banking puts everything you need to know online for you to access at any time and stay updated on your account. You can make payments, receive bills, check your account balance, get paperless statements and more without having to wait on line! Learn more.
Sign Up For Automatic Direct Deposits For Your Paychecks
This will help you reduce the fuel and time you spend going to the bank, waiting in line and get your money faster. Learn more.
Seek Socially And Environmentally Responsible Mutual Funds, Stocks And Products To Invest In
When you invest into a company, you power the company. When you invest into an environmentally and socially responsible company, you power the world. Learn more.
Donate Your Phone To Charity
By donating old wireless phones, you are doing justice to the environment by avoiding e-waste and to a charity of your choosing. Visit Recycling For Charities for more information and to donate!
Request Your Tax Forms And Refunds Online
This speeds up the process, it’s simpler, more convenient, you don't have to worry about losing your forms and saves on paper. Learn more.
Save Files And Email Electronically And Try Not To Print Out Copies Unless You Have To
Say No To Those ATM Receipts
Receipts from 8 billion ATM transactions every year are one the biggest sources of litter on the planet - up there with candy wrappers. Learn more.
Efficient Computer Use
When leaving a computer for more than 20 minutes, put it to sleep mode - if more than 2 hours, shut it down! You can save $75 a year just by enabling your computers low-power sleep modes to turn on automatically when not in use. Also consider purchasing computers that meet ENERGY STAR requirements, which if every home in the U.S. had, we would save more than $100 million in annual energy costs, prevent 1.4 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, equivalent to emissions from 125,000 cars, and save more than 900 million kWh of electricity.
Read A Lot? Buy A Kindle
Save paper and ultimately trees with this sleek, convenient and futuristic way of reading books. Amazon Kindle allows you to buy electronic books from Amazon and subscribe to newspapers, magazines, blogs, surf the web and more with it's free, unlimited broadband wireless connection. Oh, and it's 100% biodegradable.
Embrace Consumers Energy Savings
Consumers Energy provides homeowners with rebates and instant savings on energy efficient products. For businesses, there are incentives to reduce energy and deliver significant savings. Consumers Energy also provides an Experimental Advanced Renewable Program and PVE Rate Options.
Download Software Online Instead Of Buying Or Ordering CDs
Most software can be downloaded online for the same price or cheaper. This avoids the packaging waste the CD comes in and the CD itself becoming almost instantly obsolete after using it to download the software. CDs are made out of nonrenewable petroleum products, are difficult to recycle, are placed in plastic jewel cases, stuffed into boxes with manuals, and wrapped in more plastic. According to ElectronicsRecycling.org, around the world, more than a billion unwanted computer disks are tossed out each year and millions of packaging boxes are also cast off. Learn more.
Pay As Many Bills As You Can Online
This saves time otherwise spent writing and sending out mail and the paper and transportation costs associated.