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Searches for recycling seen falling behind solar

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According to Yahoo search result data, interest in solar energy far outpaces people looking for recycling information.

The average American household spends roughly $1,900 annually on energy and creates more than 26,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, according to Yahoo! Green. These high numbers and online searches this month on the site may signal a need to revisit how the basic guidelines of -reduce, reuse and recycle--can make a big difference.

This Earth Day, the three R's take a back seat to more revolutionary technology as searches on Yahoo! Green for "recycling" are down 56% this month compared to the same period in 2010, and down 93% from 2009. Consumers are more interested in solar energy and organic green living this year with searches for "solar energy" spiking 208% and "wind power" up 1,307% this month.

Searches on Yahoo! this year for "organic food" have decreased 44% when compared to the same time period in 2010, but there is an upswing this month as searches spike 8% for "organic food"

Wind and solar energy are not the only hot topic as retailers give away products and coupons this Earth Day.

Continue reading for a list of offerings from national retailers

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·         Bring in a reusable mug on April 22 to get free brewed coffee or tea at participating Starbucks stores.

·         Origins is offering a trade-in program on Earth Day. Receive a free full-size face cleanser when you bring one of your empty skin-care bottles.

·         Evos is giving away free organic milkshakes on Earth Day. The healthy-fast food chain has locations in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.

·         Trade in five disposable plastic bags for recycling and receive a free reusable shopping bag at the Disney Store.

·         Gain free admission into all 394 U.S. national parks now through Sunday, April 24.

·         Add a green pledge to the Sierra Club's Earth Day map for a chance to win a trip for two to Vieques Island in the Caribbean.

·         Get up to 60% off on green and natural products at through April 22.

·         Barnes & Noble is offering discounts on eco-friendly kids' books.

·         Save up to 40% on Green Hotels on Travelocity.

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