Over the years I’ve opted into several statements being paperless. Instead I view them online and print out a copy if required. Obviously this has some environmental benefits such as less resources use, but the reality is going paperless was purely motivated by other reasons. So here are some of my reasons to go paperless that have nothing to do with the environment:
- Less Filing: If you don’t get the paper in the first place you don’t have to file it. This for me is the best reason. I hate filing paper copies. Also these paperless services often file them for you online so you can view a history (length of records tends to vary from place to place).
- Less Getting the Mail: The more paperless you go the less often you really need to go check your mailbox for that latest bill.
- Less worry: If you combined paperless with auto bill payments you really don’t even think about your bills all that much.
- Email Reminders: My bank automatically sends me a notice when my statement is ready to view online. So I never have to wonder: where is my bill or statement from them?
So if you have gone paperless, why did you do it? If not, why do you keep getting a paper copy?