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  • For every 6 pounds of pressure (PSI) that an automobile tire is under-inflated, fuel consumption rises 1 percent.
    Source: Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

  • Creating an aluminum can from scratch requires 95 percent more energy than making a can from recycled aluminum.
    Source: Earth 911

  • The average American office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year.

    Every toner cartridge that's recycled keeps 2.5 pounds of plastic and metal out of landfills and conserves half a gallon of oil.
    Source: Sierra Club

  • Refrigerators use 14 percent of an average U.S. home's electricity. Replacing a 20-year-old refrigerator with a new, energy-efficient model reduces an average home's CO contribution by about 1 ton per year while saving about $65 annually on the electric bill.
    Source: American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

  • Microwaves are between 3.5 and 4.8 times more energy-efficient than traditional electric ovens. If it costs 10 cents to cook one item in a microwave, it would cost 48 cents to cook the same item in a standard oven.
    Source: Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen, authors of "The Green Book"

  • Each year Americans throw away 25 trillion Styrofoam cups, enough to circle the Earth 436 times.

  • Roughly 246 pounds of plastic are used to keep one baby in disposable diapers for one year.

    The U.S. uses 18 billion disposable diapers used each year.

    Disposable diapers add 2.8 billion tons of untreated urine and feces, plastic, and paper to landfills annually.

    Approximately 55 square feet of tropical rain forest is destroyed for the production of each fast-food hamburger made from rain forest beef.

    The $22-billion-a-year bottled water industry uses 1.5 million tons of plastic annually to package water.

    Americans discard 133,000 obsolete personal computers each day.

    Americans throw away about 10 percent of the food they buy at the supermarket - the equivalent of more than 21 million grocery bags each year.