Can paying bills save trees?… Yes, it can!

Okay, so who likes bills?  If they are currency bills… yes, I’d like to sign-up for a large pile, please.  But unfortunately I’m talking about the kind that arrives at our home telling us we have to dip into our own pile!  Not nearly as fun.

I have one day every month where I sit down and pay every new bill we’ve received.  This is usually a dark and gloomy day because wow, they add up quickly and the grand total is often earth shattering (especially that $400 heating bill that popped up, thanks to arctic temperatures this last month!).  But for at least the past four years I have been paying everything online through our bank and this got me to thinking… hey, this is actually a pretty ‘green’ practice and I never really recognized it.

When I looked further, this is what I learned…

By some estimates, if all households in the U.S. paid their bills online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we’d save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.

Again, WOW!  That really adds up.  Many creditors and utility companies will now offer electronic bills upon request.  If they don’t, at least you can shred the bill and recycle it, along with the return envelopes and other enclosures, to insure that they don’t become trash when they are returned to the company with payment.  Plus you save on the postage, so it’s a really economical choice too.

So sign-up for online banking, tell your creditors and utility companies to “email me” and almost one whole tree a year will thank you!