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Budget-friendly Ways to Green Your Home
by Staff
How green is your garden? Do you know your R-value from your U-factor? Knowledge is power when it comes to eco-friendly home improvements. Take this quiz to learn more about what it takes to make your home green while saving money.

What is R-value?

  • a measurement of insulation weight
  • a measurement of reflectivity
  • a measurement of insulating efficiency

Where can insulation make your home more efficient?

  • in all areas of the house
  • only in areas that get too warm
  • only in areas that get too cold

What is a "demand" water heater?

  • a heater that requires weekly maintenance
  • a water heater that stores hot water for when it's needed
  • a water heater that produces hot water as it's needed

What is peak demand?

  • the point in a day when energy is at its most expensive
  • the maximum output from an air conditioner
  • a measurement used to set the price for insulation products

Which type of light bulbs use the least electricity?

  • incandescent bulbs
  • compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Both use the same amount of energy.

Which appliance uses the most energy in a home?

  • the water heater
  • the dishwasher
  • the refrigerator and freezer

What is passive solar design?

  • an improvement that makes electricity using the sun's rays
  • a design feature that provides extra shade from the sun
  • a design feature that uses the sun's heat and light to save energy in the home

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, what percent of the energy used to heat or cool your home leaks out through doors and windows?

  • 5 percent
  • 20 percent
  • 50 percent