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Celebrate St. Paddy's Day By Going GREEN (in more ways that one!)

 Monday, March 10, 2014

As we approach the middle of March and spring is just around the corner, we look to St. Patrick’s Day and its celebrations, leprechauns, green beer and four leaf clovers. For Heartland Bank’s Dublin branch, we’re gearing up for the annual “Greenest, Grandest St. Patrick’s Day Parade” at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. Thousands of central Ohio residents and out of town guests line the streets as the mile-long community parade marches through historic Dublin. If you’re looking for a great spot to watch the parade, stop by our Dublin branch for coffee and doughnuts at 6500 Frantz Road and enjoy a front row seat!

Why not consider going green all year long? Here’s some tips that will help you save time and money, simplify your life and help the environment!

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Not only will you save time and money with online services, you’ll help the environment. 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. Sign up today!

Personal Benefits

Free up Space – Store three years of statement information online and simply print your statement whenever you need it. The average household receives approximately 19 bills and statements and makes approximately seven payments in paper form monthly.Save time and money – Make monthly payments with just a click – no checks, stamps or racing to the mailbox. The average consumer saves 2.5 minutes per bill when paying electronically, instead of with a check. The cost of postage and check stock can add up to more than $100 per year; these costs can be saved by making payments electronically, instead of by paper check.

Improve Security – Monitor your payment activity and history securely 24/7 with nothing to get lost or intercepted in the mail. Consumers receiving electronic bills and statements and making payments electronically can maintain tighter control over their accounts. Nearly 85% of identity theft cases are due to “offline” transactions such as lost checkbooks and stolen bills, statements and check payments.

Environmental Benefits

In one year, by switching from paper to electronic billing, statements, and payments, the average American household would...

  • Save 6.6 pounds of paper
  • Avoid producing 171 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of:
    • The emissions avoided by not driving 169 miles 
    • The emissions avoided by not consuming 8.8 gallons of gasoline 
    • Planting 2 tree seedlings and allowing them to grow for 10 years 
    • Preserving 24 square feet of forestland 
  • Avoid releasing 63 gallons of wastewater into the environment 
  • Avoid using 4.5 gallons of gasoline to mail paper items 

If only 20% of American households switched from paper to electronic bills, statements and payments each year, the collective impact would...

  • Save 150,939,615 pounds of paper
  • Save 1,811,275 trees 
  • Avoid producing almost 2 million tons of greenhouse gases 
  • Avoid creating over a billion gallons of wastewater during paper production 
  • Avoid using over 100 million gallons of gas to mail payments 

Enjoy the weekend and St. Patrick’s Day and ‘go green’ … for the holiday, the Dublin parade and with Heartland Bank!

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