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. What is the benefit of installing weather stripping around your home’s doors and windows?

Correct!Incorrect! Installing weather stripping – whether it be tape, tension seals or draft guards – can help block cold air drafts, thus lowering heating and cooling costs.

2. Going away on vacation? Which is not an energy-saving tip to follow when you leave your home for an extended period of time?

Correct!Incorrect! Start a list and double check savings measures before you leave your home for an extended period of time to make sure you’re not wasting energy or money.

3. Dust, pollen and pet hair can be a nuisance to clean. Which appliance should you check often for energy efficiency due to dust collection?

Correct!Incorrect! Refrigerator coils are the perfect trap for unwanted pet hair, dust and more. This will impact your refrigerator's cooling capabilities and lead to higher energy usage.

4. How can you use an electric blanket most efficiently so you can warm up to savings?

Correct!Incorrect! Turning down the thermostat while using an electric blanket allows you to target heat where it's needed most, reducing overall energy consumption.

5. Which of the following actions can help save energy when using your fireplace?

Correct!Incorrect! Keeping the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use helps prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from entering through the chimney. Always remember to open the damper before lighting a fire.

6. Don’t sleep on energy savings during Daylight Saving Time. Which time-conscious action will not help you save on energy this season?

Correct!Incorrect! While still a need, resetting your clocks won’t help you save energy. As days get longer, the need for indoor lighting becomes less and less. Contact your local energy provider about installing smart meters in your area and learn the peak usage times for your area.

Your Score: 0/5 correct!

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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