The world consumes about 300 million tons of paper each year. The U.S., which contains only 5% of the world's population, uses 30% of that paper. Nearly 4 billion trees worldwide are cut down each year to fill this demand. (source: Ecology.com)
Bank of Alameda's Choice Checking account is the best account for paperless banking. With no minimum balance requirement, Choice Checking includes Online Banking, eStatements, Bill Pay, and a Visa® Bonus Debit Card so that you can easily access your account information, cash, and make payments electronically to save the forest and the fees.
Online Banking and eStatements
Online Banking gives you access to all of your real-time account information via the web. Once you've enrolled, you can sign up to receive your checking account statements through Online Banking rather than receiving paper statements by mail. eStatements look exactly like our paper statements and are kept online for 18 months. We will e-mail you every month to let you know when your statement is available. eStatements are more secure than mailed statements and are friendlier to the environment.
Personal Bill Pay
What if you could save on the cost of postage, envelopes, and checks and be environmentally responsible at the same time? Our Personal Bill Pay service searches a database each time you request to pay a new company to see if the company can be paid electronically. If unable to make the payment electronically, we will cut a manual check for you and pick up the cost of the check, envelope and postage. It's a win for the environment and your pocketbook.
Visa® Bonus Debit Card
Why write checks when you can pay with a free Visa® Bonus Debit Card and earn rewards points? Accepted anywhere they take Visa®, a Debit Card debits your account just like a check but is more efficient, safer, and saves paper. Plus, with our UChoose Rewards Program you earn points that can be redeemed for merchandise, travel, gift cards and more every time you use your card!
Remote Deposit for Business
Fundraisers and campaigns can result in a lot of checks that need to be processed and deposited. Remote Deposit allows you to deposit these checks from the office with a scanner the size of a toaster. No deposit slip, no need to make pages and pages of check copies, and the deposit credits your account the same day. Better yet, you're reducing your carbon footprint and saving your valuable time with one less trip to the bank!
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