More and more often, we discover new ways to “go green” and help preserve the environment and how we treat Planet Earth. In fact, did you know that there are many ways to go green and also save you money in the process? Well, lucky for our members, because there are quite a few easy tricks to do exactly that. In fact, you may not even realize how easy it is to save money while looking out for the environment.
Here are a few easy tips on how to go green while keeping your budget and finances in line:
- Go paperless with your bank statements. Generally speaking, it’s common practice to receive your bank statements in the mail. However, in 2018, receiving your account information and balances is starting to go the way of the dinosaur. At Polam, you can sign up for e-statements, which are delivered directly to your email inbox. It costs nothing to sign up, and you’ll be helping the environment by reducing paper waste. You can also access up to six months of your statements by using online banking or our mobile banking app, which you can find at the App Store or Google Play.
- Start carpooling to work. If you’re working in an office, you’re likely spending a good amount of time commuting to and from work, which, in the Bay Area, can be a frustrating experience thanks to traffic. However, if you live near co-workers, why not suggest carpooling? Not only will you be saving money on gas, which at this point in time is expensive, but you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint by driving yourself to work when you could be taking advantage of ride-sharing.
- Avoid eating out and cook at home. With regards to saving money, this is really a no-brainer. While it’s far more convenient to order takeout or grab lunch out while at work, cooking at home will end up saving you a lot more money than you think. Also, by avoiding fast food and other relatively unhealthy forms of takeout, you can use fresh ingredients at home, making an impact on the environment by supporting local farmers. And once you start cooking more at home, you’ll start growing more conscious about what’s in your food and how it’s grown.