5 green banking tips to save the planet

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Going paperless gets you green rewards at lots of banks these days. Some are even offering incentives, including cash.

For example, take Citizens Bank's Green$ense program checking account. It pays customers 10 cents every time there's a paperless transaction. "You can earn up to $120 a year," says Citizens Bank's Mike Jones. "There are no hidden fees and (you get) free bill pay." The debit card is even made from recycled plastic.

Credit unions also offer green checking that's free. Coastal 24 Federal Credit Union's Go Green Checking account gives you 2.25 percent in rewards each month when making 12 debit purchases. The bank also plants a tree when a new account is opened.




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