Still mail bills? Study says go green, go online | Technology | Reuters
Think your family going green won't make a difference? Wrong , says a U.S. study released on Thursday that shows one household ditching paper statements for Web transactions would save 24 square feet of forest a year. The study found the average U.S. household receives about 19 bills and statements from credit card companies and banks every month and makes about seven payments by paper each month. By switching to electronic bills, statements and payments, the average American household would save 6.6 pounds of paper a year, save 0.08 trees, and not produce 171 pounds of greenhouse gases -- the equivalent of driving 169 miles. New York (Reuters)
I think this is a good idea and this will be the way of the future. As our younger computer savvy generation gets older, receiving bills and paying on line will be the norm. But the older generation, 45 and older, are afraid of the computer and don't use it much. Plus they don't trust paying their bills on line. They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
But by reading this story, I came up with an idea how more people can become green and saving more of the forest. They can become more green by canceling their daily newspaper. By canceling your daily newspaper , the average American household would save 365 pounds of paper a year, save 4.42 trees, and not produce 9,405 pounds of greenhouse gases -- the equivalent of driving 9,295 miles. If people would cancel their New York Times, Washington Post or Los Angeles Times papers, we might be able to save a forest.
After everyone cancels their daily newspaper, then they can get their news from their computer and the older generation can get their news from radio or television. If you can, go ahead and pay your bills on line and save a trickle. Cancel your daily paper and you save an ocean. You might even be able to save your mind.