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


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


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


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


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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