1. Energy Conservation Quiz: How Efficient Are You?
  • Quiz: How Energy Efficient Are You?

    July 01, 2018

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    Answer five questions to learn more about your energy-efficiency habits.

    • Test your home energy-efficiency smarts with this quick five-question assessment.

      1. Picture your home’s five most used lights. Are all of those bulbs energy-efficient LEDs?

      a)  Yes.
      b)  No.

      Energy-efficient answer: A
      Ideally, all of your light bulbs will be Energy Star-certified, using up to 90 percent less energy than old school incandescent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy*. Each bulb also saves $80 or more during its lifetime, and with an average of 70 bulbs in a home: you do the math. Five frequently used bulbs—and maybe even Energy Star-certified light fixtures—are simply a smart starting point.

      2. If heating and cooling together make up the highest energy usage in your home, what do you think is the second-largest energy expense?

      a)   Appliances and electronics
      b)  Water heating
      c)   Lighting

      Energy-efficient answer: B
      Top ways to cut water heating bills include turning down the thermostat on your water heater (120 degrees is ideal), insulating your water heater and pipes, and investing in a new, more efficient model.

      3. How often do you change the air filters in your heating and cooling system?

      a)   About twice a year
      b)   Whenever I think about it
      c)   At least four times a year

      Energy-efficient answer: C
      The U.S. Department of Energy recommends you change it at least every three months; or more often during heavy-use periods*. A dirty filter can slow down airflow, which forces your HVAC system to work harder—read: inefficiently—to keep your home hot or cold.

      Need a better way to stay on top of filter changes? Check out the new Filtrete™ Smart Air Filter

      4. How do you interact with your thermostat?

      a)   I set it, then adjust when necessary.
      b)   I program it differently for each season.
      c)   I let it adapt on its own and monitor it from my smartphone.

      Energy-efficient answers: B and C
      Well-programmed thermostats certainly reduce energy costs and boost efficiency. Today’s Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostats enhance those benefits by learning and adjusting to your preferences and providing usage data. Look for an Energy Star-certified model, which may come with utilities incentives.

      5. Have you completed a home energy audit (aka energy assessment), whether professional or self-administered?

      a)   Yes
      b)   No

      Energy-efficient answer: A
      On your mission to save energy, find out where it’s most inefficient first. If you haven’t done a formal audit yet, see if your utility provider offers them for free or at a reduced cost, or conduct your own using Energy Star’s Home Energy Yardstick Program. Use the results to focus on areas of improvement.

      How did you do?
      4 or more correct: Efficiency Expert
      Great job, super saver! You make it a priority to stay informed about the things you can do to keep you home running efficiently. Keep it up.

      3 or fewer correct: So-So Saver
      Why not see this score as an opportunity to improve? The energy-efficiency tips above can help you lead a measurably more energy- and cost-efficient life.

      Sources:

      * U.S. Department of Energy (PDF, 2.33 MB)