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The Ultimate Cleaning Up Home Energy Consumption Quiz
by Staff
There are many things in your home that require regular maintenance if your home is to be energy efficient. The more of these tasks you can perform on your own, the more money you save in both the short and long term. Take our quiz and learn more about the ways you can improve your home's energy consumption.

The coils underneath and behind a refrigerator tend to attract a lot of what?

  • dust
  • mice
  • bugs

If dust collects on the coils, it can cause which of these problems?

  • The dust will cause the refrigerator to turn off.
  • The dust will attract mice.
  • The dust will cause the coils to overheat.

How often should you clean the coils behind the refrigerator?

  • twice a month
  • twice a year
  • twice in seven years

Which of these will help keep a fridge running at maximum capacity.

  • Clean the inside of the fridge regularly.
  • Store as little as possible in the fridge.
  • Pull the fridge far enough away from the wall that air can circulate behind it.

If you don't want to constantly replace your furnace filter, you can do which of these instead?

  • Vacuum the filter.
  • Buy a filter-free furnace.
  • Turn of the furnace.

How often should you tend to your furnace filters?

  • every four to six weeks
  • every four to six months
  • once a year

You might have to replace your furnace filter more often if you have which of these?

  • pets
  • asthma
  • children

Oil-fired heating systems should be serviced how often?

  • once a year
  • once every three years
  • once every five years

The average air duct leaks how much air?

  • 5 percent
  • 15 percent
  • 25 percent

Why should you not seal your ducts with regular duct tape?

  • The adhesive breaks down too quickly.
  • Duct tape is far too expensive to use for sealing air ducts.
  • It's very bad for the environment.

Which joints of your duct work should you seal with duct mastic?

  • any joint with a bend
  • the joints that have a "D" label
  • all of them

How much water do older-style faucets deliver per minute?

  • 0.5 to 2 gallons per minute
  • 3.5 to 5 gallons per minute
  • 7 to 10 gallons per minute

What is the purpose of a faucet aerator?

  • They filter impurities from your tap water.
  • They reduce over-all water consumption.
  • They add tasty flavors to your water.

With a faucet aerator, how much water will your kitchen sink deliver per minute?

  • 2 gallons per minute
  • 5 gallons per minute
  • 9 gallons per minute

One way to improve the efficiency of your A/C is to do which of these?

  • Clear away any obstruction to the compressor's airflow.
  • Vacuum the inside of the fridge regularly.
  • Only run the A/C for two hours at a time.

How often should you drain sediment from your water heater?

  • twice a month
  • twice a year
  • twice in seven years

Where will you find the drain valve for the water heater?

  • inside the frame of the heater
  • underneath the heater
  • on the outside of the frame jacket, near the bottom

Which of these are used to introduce air into the attic?

  • soffit vents
  • air chutes
  • eaves edges

Having ice dams on your roof indicates which of these problems?

  • Global warming is melting your home's ice caps.
  • Your roof's shingles need to be replaced.
  • The heat is escaping into the attic.

How often should you do a comprehensive reworking of your home's air system?

  • once
  • once every 10 years
  • once every 25 years