STATE—Recognizing that small actions can make a big impact on our environment, The Provident Bank offered cloth grocery bags to the first 100 customers in each of its 82 branches on Earth Day, April 22. These bags reduce the use of disposable plastic bags, which can take hundreds of years to degrade in a landfill.
The bank also offered the following energy-saving, carbon footprint-reducing tips:
- Use cloth bags for your groceries.
- Sign up to receive your bills and statements electronically.
- Wash your laundry in cold water and give clothes-line drying a try.
- Check with your utility company about buying green power – it might be as simple as checking a box on your bill.
- Turn off lights when you leave a room.
- Unplug electronics when they are not in use– some use energy even when they are off, such as cell phone chargers and outlet adaptors.
- As you replace older appliances and light bulbs, buy the most energy efficient.
- Program your thermostat to 68° F and use drapes, blinds and ceiling fans to regulate your home temperature.
- Set your hot water heater at 120° F and wrap your water tank in an insulating blanket.
- Store lunches in reusable containers instead of throw-away bags.
- Avoid using disposable silverware and dishes – trade in that Styrofoam cup for a washable mug!