How To Make Your Money Greener

By glblguy

Piles of Paper

I recently finished reading Forty Signs of Rain a fictional novel about what can happen as a result of global warming and the decay of our atmosphere. I also recently read a article on asking Was Jesus a tightwad? Both of these really made me think about ways I can make a difference.

Here’s a few tips for making greener financial decisions:

Take advantage of fuel efficiency and energy related tax credits

While I am no tax expert, there are a number of federal and state level tax credits for making greener changes to your home and or automobiles. For example, if you decide to install a solar energy system in your home there is a $2,000 federal tax credit and here in N.C. a $10, 500 tax credit. If you purchase a hybrid car, there is a $3,000 dollar federal tax credit.

I don’t recommend you go purchase these items just for the tax credit, but if you have the money and are going to make these changes/purchases anyway than you should take advantage of the available credits.

Stop the Paper

Do you still receive paper statements or bills? Why? Go online or call anyone you do business with that sends you a paper monthly statement or bill and ask to go electronic instead. You will reduce your mail, save trees, and reduce the amount of paper in your home. Not to mention the emissions reduction from not having to have all that paper transported and delivered.

Bank online

I am surprised at the number of people who still drive to the bank and/or brokerage center. All banks and brokerages offer online services, so just logon and do everything from your computer. Use the ATM for deposits and withdrawals. They are open 24×7 and frequently your deposits will be credited immediately. Yes you can even deposit cash. ATM’s require far less overhead than a branch.

Support Green Companies

Work with companies that have made green commitments or support green initiatives. Many banks and other financial institutions have made commitments to do things to help the environment. For example, reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Check into the banks, brokerages, and mutual fund companies you are working with, and support green companies. Not only does this help the environment, but it will help you, as forward thinking “green” companies are considered sustainable.

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Do you feel it’s important to be green? What things have you done recently to make your money greener? Have other ideas, we would love to hear them!

6 Responses (including trackbacks) to “How To Make Your Money Greener”

  1. Pinyo Says:

    I love this post. Our environment is suffering so much, it is everyone’s reponsibility to be green.

  2. glblguy Says:

    Thanks Pinyo!

  3. Make Friends, Earn Money Says:

    supporting green companies is key, because as soon as organisations realise that there is a market for green business they will start providing us with more options. We currently get our power through green energy sources like wind, tidal etc (but not nuclear). With the high cost of oil we need to all do something to save our fossil fuels before they all run out.

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