Easy Ways to Go Green

One of the best things about going green is that everyone has opportunities in their own lives to take steps in a green direction. By doing your banking in a more eco-friendly fashion, you can start down the path - but there is so much more you can do. We'd like to offer some ideas! We hope you will enjoy making your life more green-friendly just as we have at Houghton State Bank.

Tips for Living Green:

  1. Bank Online - Online Banking, BillPay and Paperless Statements. If every U.S. household stopped receiving paper bills and statements, 687,000 tons of paper would be saved every year, enough to circle the Earth 239 times. Free up space and save time and money as well!
  2. Use Your Check Card. Reduce paper by using your Houghton State Bank Visa® Check Card to make purchases and pay your bills instead of writing checks.
  3. Change a Light Bulb. Replace your light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star-qualified bulb, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, save more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.
  4. Bag It In a Reusable Shopping Bag. Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide. When you go shopping, bring your own reusable bags, which most grocers offer for about $1.50.
  5. Adjust Fridge and Freezer Temps. Refrigerators eat up the most electricity in the household. Maximize efficiency by keeping its temperature at 37° F. and the freezer at 0° F.
  6. Unplug Things That Glow. A screen saver is not an energy saver. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 75% of all electricity consumed in the home is standby power used to keep electronics running when those TVs, DVRs, computers, monitors and stereos are "off".
  7. Fix That Drip. A dripping faucet can waste up to 74 gallons of water a day. A running toilet could waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. Repairing the toilet alone could save you about $30 and 73,000 gallons of water a year.
  8. Do Full Loads. Whenever you wash just a few clothes or dishes at a time rather than waiting for a full load to accumulate, you're wasting water, power, and money. If you were to wash two fewer loads of clothes and one fewer load of dishes a week you could save up to 4,500 gallons of water a year.
  9. Save on printing. Almost 40% of America's waste is paper and could be recycled, meaning fewer trees cut down. Recycle! Reuse old notebooks if they're not completely filled, print on both sides of the paper, and create a recycling bag just for paper. Not to mention, most print cartridges come in recyclable material and the cartridges themselves are able to be recycled; normally free of charge.
  10. Teach Your Kids To Be Green. Going green with your children is a great way to spend time together, have fun as a family, and develop habits in your children that will benefit the environment for years to come. Check out www.kidsbegreen.org to help your children go (and grow) green!