Test Your Efficiency Smarts

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Energy Quizzes & Trivia

In celebration of Energy Awareness Month, the nation's electric companies are encouraging everyone to think about how they can take charge of their home's electricity use. EEI has prepared the following short quiz to get you thinking about how you can make your home more energy efficient. The answers are courtesy of the U. S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Once you finish the quiz, check out EEI's Energy Efficiency page. You'll find a houseful of energy saving ideas. And you'll discover the types of programs and services that your local electric company has to help you. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    This winter, lowering the thermostat from 72 degrees down to 70 or 68 degrees won’t matter much in terms of comfort, but each degree you lower the thermostat can cut your heating bill by about 2%.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Heating and cooling account for how much of your home’s annual utility bill?
    • A. 

      10-20%

    • B. 

      30-40%

    • C. 

      50-60%

  • 3. 
    Weather-stripping and sealing your home against outside air leaks can save you what percentage of your energy bill?
    • A. 

      1-5%

    • B. 

      5-30%

  • 4. 
    Appliances and electronics account for what percentage of the typical home's monthy energy bill?
    • A. 

      10-15%

    • B. 

      20-25%

    • C. 

      30%

  • 5. 
    Screen savers are energy savers.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Refrigerators use about what percentage of a home’s electricity?
    • A. 

      5-15%

    • B. 

      20-30%

    • C. 

      35-40%

  • 7. 
    Today’s most efficient 20-cubic-foot refrigerators use up to half the electricity of a 1993 model.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    Heating water in your home accounts for what percentage of your monthy energy bill?
    • A. 

      5-10%

    • B. 

      15-25%

    • C. 

      30-35%

  • 9. 
    The ideal temperature setting for your refrigerator from a health and efficiency standpoint is between 36 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    You can significantly reduce hot water use by making sure its temperature is set to 120 degrees.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Lighting accounts for up to 10% of the typical home’s total electric bill each month.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 12. 
    Compact fluorescent light bulbs put out as much light as regular incandescent bulbs, but last anywhere from 8 to 10 times longer. How much less energy do they use?
    • A. 

      25-35%

    • B. 

      40-50%

    • C. 

      66-75%

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