What’s Your Energy Efficiency IQ?

Understanding your energy usage and where you can be more efficient is a major step toward lowering your energy bill. Test your knowledge with our quiz!

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1. As the outside temperature cools, which is an easy DIY project to protect yourself against unwanted heat loss?

Correct!Incorrect! While these projects have less impact than insulation in the attic or basement, installing weather stripping around windows and doors can cut back on drafts and seal in savings and heat all season.

2. October is Energy Awareness Month; which home appliance contributes most to your electric bill?

Correct!Incorrect! Heating and cooling can account for more than 50% of the energy used in the average American home. If you want to reduce costs, this is a good place to start.

3. Which is an energy-efficient way to keep warmer while indoors this fall?

Correct!Incorrect! By bundling up during the colder days, you can save a bundle on heating costs.

4. Which is not a way to protect yourself against “Energy Vampires” in your home?

Correct!Incorrect! An “Energy Vampire” is an appliance or device that, even when turned off, still draws trace amounts of power. By unplugging appliances and devices while they are not in use, such as hairdryers and electronics, you are preventing “Energy Vampires” that can increase your electric bill.

5. When hosting a large crowd this season, which energy-saving tips should you do before your guests arrive?

Correct!Incorrect! Be a smart, and energy-saving host this season by lowering your thermostat before guests arrive. The oven and your family and friends will add the heat, and by using a ceiling fan, you can circulate the heat (and the homecooked smells) more evenly!

6. Large differences in temperature between rooms can often be a sign of what?

Correct!Incorrect! Uneven attic insulation can cause noticeable temperature shifts throughout the home. Nine out of 10 homes in the United States are under-insulated, so be sure to check your home's insulation effectiveness by scheduling a no-cost Home Energy Assessment today!

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Congratulations! You’re an energy know-it-all!

You know how to use energy wisely in order to manage your bill – and you know lots of ways to make that happen. Take a look through the TakeCharge website to explore the programs we have available, and share your knowledge with others. We’re on a mission to educate consumers on how to use less energy and save more money – and you can help!

Not bad, but you’ve got more to learn.

It looks like you know that managing your energy bill can be accomplished by improving the energy efficiency of your home, but you might not know all the ways to make that happen. We are excited to help you learn more! Take a look through the TakeCharge website to explore the programs and tips available. You’ll be an expert in no time!

Yikes, not great! You’ve got a lot to learn.

Do you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home, but don’t know where to start? We can help! Take a look through the TakeCharge website to explore the programs and tips available. We’ll turn you into an expert in no time!

For energy-saving tips and Bright Ideas, visit Bright Ideas or check out how our programs can help you save by visiting Programs For Your Home.

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