Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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    Seven financially conscious tips to live more sustainably.
    Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, provides an opportunity for individuals, communities and organizations to act in protecting our planet through reducing waste, conserving natural resources or promoting environmental awareness. By incorporating more eco-friendly practices into your daily routine, you can help reduce your carbon footprint and save money. Here are seven tips to make a difference to the planet and your pocket this Earth Day.

    Reduce your energy usage. This can include turning off lights and appliances when they are not in use, using energy-efficient light bulbs and setting your thermostat to a lower temperature in the winter and a higher temperature in the summer. These small changes can add up to significant savings on your energy bills.

    Support environmentally friendly products and companies. Look for products that are made from sustainable materials, are energy-efficient and are produced by companies that have environmentally friendly practices. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a catalogue of sustainable products and services for consumers.

    Enroll in autopay and e-statements. Producing paper requires a significant amount of energy. Reduce paper usage and the associated environmental impact by enrolling in autopay and signing up for e-statements to receive your statements and make payments electronically. Log into online or mobile banking to turn on online statements and notices or to set up bill pay in the bill center.

    Start a garden. A garden is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. You can grow your own fruits and vegetables to save money and reduce the amount of energy needed to transport food to your home. Don’t have a green thumb? You can still make an impact by purchasing produce from a local farmer’s market.

    Save the bees. Pollination from honey bees accounts for about $15 billion in added crop value. You can provide a food source for them by planting bee-friendly flowers like bluebonnets, dandelions and daisies. If you have a swarm or colony of bees on your property that isn’t an immediate threat to your safety, call a local beekeeper or a professional bee removal service to safely remove the bees and relocate them to a safe location.

    Reduce, reuse and recycle. One of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental impact is to reduce, reuse and recycle. Try to minimize your use of single-use plastics, recycle as much as you can and consider composting food waste. Read how the new Credit Human headquarters invests in environmental sustainability.

    Participate in community events. Many communities have local environmental groups and organizations that work to protect the environment. Consider volunteering, donating to these groups or attending local events to show your support.

    Earth Day is a great opportunity to reflect on the impact we have on the environment and to take action to make a difference. By implementing some of these steps, we build slack, help protect the planet and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. For personalized financial guidance, visit your nearest Financial Health Center.

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