6 Surprising Earth Day Statistics That Will Remind You to Protect the Planet

Are you doing your part to keep our planet green?

 Green driving

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Roughly 1.5 million hybrid cars and SUVs were sold in the U.S. from 2004 to 2009. Despite bumps caused by the recession, sales of fuel-efficient vehicles are on the rise.

1 in 50 adults traded in their vehicle for a more fuel-efficient hybrid, electric, or alternative fuel vehicle in the past 6 months. 1 in 1.02 adults did not make the switch. Try these other ways you can go green without even noticing you made a switch.

 Turn off the lights

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The energy-conscious are urged to switch off lights if they are going to be out of a room for longer than 5 minutes.

1 in 2.17 adults claim they always keep unneeded lights off or turn the lights off when leaving a room. 1 in 50 adults did not make the switch. These are myths about going green that you need to stop believing.

 Recycle, Reduce, Reuse

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling creates jobs, reduces pollution and energy use, and conserves national resources.

1 in 2.38 adults claim they always recycle. 1 in 20 admit they never recycle. Here is how you can recycle just about anything.

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 Trash can

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The average American produces 1,600 pounds of garbage a year.

1 in 3.7 adults claim they always reuse things instead of throwing them away or buying new items. 1 in 25 admit to never reusing things.

Want to create less trash? Here is how you can cut back on food waste.

 Running water

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The average American uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day.

1 in 3.85 adults claim they always make an effort to use less water. 1 in 16.67 admit they never make an effort to conserve water.

 Vampire power

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The electricity used by appliances plugged in but not in use is estimated to account for 1% of global C02 emissions.

1 in 6.25 adults claim they always make an effort to unplug electrical appliances when not using them. 1 in 6.67 admit they never make such an effort.

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