FNBO Direct Online Savings Account Good for the Environment?

April 23, 2009

FNBO Direct mentioned their online savings account as an easy method of “going green” in their latest email newsletter.

I guess I’d never thought of online banking as being good for the environment before but it makes sense that electronic delivery of bank statements helps to cut down on paper waste. Here’s a statistic they quoted in their newsletter:

“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.”

They also pointed out that using online bill pay, whether through FNBO Direct or any other service, helps to cut down on the number of paper bills and checks each month.

Another obvious environmental savings from online banking is that you don’t have to drive to your local branch for deposits and or withdrawals (FNBO Direct ATM).

Of course, there is certainly energy required to fuel the servers that make the online banking system and document storage run but I was impressed to read that the data center for First National Bank of Omaha is powered by fuel cell technology.

Online banking with FNBO Direct, ING Direct, or any other online bank certainly isn’t going to save the world, but combined with other small changes, like being environmentally friendly at work, it can make a difference.


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