Molly Dietz

Apr 13 2016

Sustainable Savings: Easy Resource Conservation Tips

sustainable savings tips for financial literacy month
This is the second in a 5-part series on sustainable savings. Not only is April Financial Literacy Month, but we’re also reminded to protect the environment on April 22nd during Earth Day. In an effort to combine efforts of both financial literacy and environmental sustainability, I wanted to share tips on how to both save money and save the planet at the same time.

There are several small changes you can implement in order to conserve resources, reducing your footprint on our planet. You’ve heard the three R’s before of reduce, reuse, and recycle. By purchasing less, you’ll spend less money and use fewer resources. Here are some tips to help you cut waste, conserve natural resources and energy, and save land and money communities use towards landfills.

  • Consider carpooling, public transportation, or biking to work.
    Cars use quite a bit of energy and can cause pollution. Not only will you save on costly gas, but you’ll save on wear and tear on your vehicle.
  • Invest in reusable grocery bags.
    Many stores will reward shoppers with discounts for bringing their own reusable shopping bags instead of using the plastic bags that are provided. Save some change and cut down on those pesky plastic bags!
  • Ditch the disposable plates, bowls, eating utensils, etc.
    The less stuff you throw away, the less you have to buy in return.
  • Containers instead of plastic baggies.
    Using containers for leftover food instead of plastic baggies not only saves money, but reduces the amount of trash that accumulates in our landfills.
  • Water filter to reduce bottled water waste.
    Tap your faucet with a water filter and you’ll save hundreds of bottles from filling our landfills not to mention the money saved on purchasing water, which is free from your tap.
  • Buy a reusable water bottle or travel mug for hot beverages.
    Find a great looking (BPA-free) reusable water bottle or travel mug and fill up as often as needed. You’ll save the landfills from plastic bottles and foam cups. And, your new reusable water bottle will quickly pay for itself as you save money spent on bottled water.
  • Buying in bulk can lead to savings.
    Purchasing food and goods in bulk consistently can save a lot on packaging waste that would go into the trash and our landfills. Plus, bulk tends to be less expensive than its counterparts.
  • Start buying rechargeable batteries.
    Even though these cost more initially, they pay for themselves over time. You are conserving resources and protecting the environment while you use rechargeable batteries.
  • Return cans and bottles instead of throwing them in the trash.
    Not only does this save the landfill, but in Iowa you can get $.05 back on cans and bottles!
  • Check online for pre-owned items first.
    There are a lot of high quality items available for much less than you’d pay at a retailer. There are even free sites like Freecycle, Craigslist, and community garage sale sites where you can buy high quality items for much less. Plus, you can feel good about reusing and being green!
  • Switch to paperless statements billing.
    Some companies offer incentives for switching to paperless statements or billing. Take advantage of that savings and pat yourself on the back for the trees you’ve saved! If you want to receive eStatements or save on stamps with online bill pay from Hills Bank, visit

What other ways do you reduce, reuse, and recycle? Share your ideas and practices in the comments below, we’d love to hear them!

Please visit our blog,, next Wednesday for part 3 of our 5-part series, “Sustainable Savings: Easy Energy Conservation Tips.”

View the complete 5-Part Sustainable Savings Series:

  • Part 1—Sustainable Savings: Easy Water Conservation Tips
  • Part 2—Sustainable Savings: Easy Resource Conservation Tips
  • Part 3—Sustainable Savings: Easy Energy Conservation Tips
  • Part 4—Sustainable Savings: How You Can Give Back on Earth Day
  • Part 5—Sustainable Savings: Save Money, Save the Planet
Molly Dietz

About Molly Dietz

Molly Dietz is a Digital Banking Officer at the Hills Bank location in Hills, IA. She has been with Hills Bank since 2003 helping customers with their banking needs. Molly is an active member of the City High School Alumni Association and is an avid Hawkeye sports fan. Molly can be reached at

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