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The Ultimate Home Energy Audit Quiz
by Staff
With escalating costs for oil, gas and electricity many people are turning to a professional energy audit to help them find ways to trim dollars off their yearly energy consumption tab. You can do your own energy audit or you can turn to a professional with specialized equipment to perform an audit on your behalf. Take our quiz to learn what needs to be checked and what changes can save you money on energy.

What is a good way to assess your home energy consumption to identify ways to reduce energy costs?

  • You should rent a spectrometer and use it to identify leaks in your home envelope.
  • You should engage the services of an environmental engineering group to recommend improvements to your home
  • You should invest some time or cash in a home energy audit.

Making a typical home more energy efficient can shave about:

  • 30 percent off your current energy costs
  • 25 percent off your current energy costs
  • 20 percent off your current energy costs

What is the major focus of any home energy audit?

  • The major focus of any home energy audit is the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
  • The major focus of any home energy audit is the tightness of your homes envelope.
  • The major focus of any home energy audit is the age and efficiency of your major appliances.

What is a good analogy of the role that insulation plays in the energy efficiency of your home?

  • Insulation is like putting a sweater on your home to keep the heat in or the cold out in the winter.
  • Insulation is like putting a sweater on your home to keep the cool in or the hot out in the summer.
  • Both of the above statements are correct concerning insulation.

What is an important task to take care of whether you do your own audit or hire a professional?

  • You should only schedule an energy audit in the spring or fall when weather is not extreme.
  • You should gather up all of your energy bills from the last couple of years and have them on hand for evaluation.
  • You should have your furnace and air conditioner professionally serviced just before the day of your audit.

Where are some of the first places you should be checking for air leaks in your homes envelope?

  • Electrical outlets, switch plates and spots where pipes enter or exit into unheated areas or to the outside.
  • Window or outside doors and their frames for missing caulking or worn seals.
  • Both of the above lists include areas where air infiltration is common.

You can turn on exhaust fans to help you detect air leaks in your home, what else should you do to help make your leak test successful?

  • Make sure that your furnace, air-conditioner and your oil or gas water heater are turned off.
  • Do your air leak test in the daytime so that you can turn off all the lights while you search.
  • Open your skylights if you have any to allow more air to escape from your home to better uncover air leaks.

What is a vapor barrier as it applies to a home?

  • A vapor barrier is a plastic sheet installed in a bathroom between ceramic tiles and the plaster or drywall underneath.
  • A vapor barrier is heavy plastic sheeting applied and sealed on top of insulation in an attic.
  • A vapor barrier is heavy plastic sheeting applied and sealed below the insulation in an attic.

How can you determine the R-value of fiberglass insulation in your attic?

  • Multiply the thickness of existing batts in inches and multiply by 3.2, which is the R-value per inch of fiberglass.
  • Multiply the thickness of existing batts in inches and multiply by 4.5, which is the R-value per inch of fiberglass.
  • Multiply the thickness of existing batts in inches and multiply by 5.1, which is the R-value per inch of fiberglass.

At what age should you consider replacing a furnace or air conditioner?

  • 12 years
  • 15 years
  • 20 years

How often should you have a professional tune-up and check over your heating and cooling systems?

  • Experts recommend that you have your heating and air-conditioning units checked once every three months.
  • Experts recommend that you have your heating and air-conditioning units checked once every six months.
  • Experts recommend that you have your heating and air-conditioning units checked once a year.

What tests should you expect a professional energy auditor to perform with specialized equipment?

  • A test for carbon monoxide gas emitted from combustion units such as a furnace.
  • A test for out gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOC) while your home is sealed.
  • A thermo-graphic test of air leaks while the calibrated blower door test is running.

What is an advantage of replacing older major appliances, such as refrigerators, for new EnergyStar certified appliances?

  • You will use from 10 to 50 percent less energy with newer EnergyStar certified appliances.
  • You will use from 15 to 40 percent less energy with newer EnergyStar certified appliances.
  • You will use from 20 to 60 percent less energy with newer EnergyStar certified appliances.

Approximately, how much should a professional home energy audit cost you?

  • A thorough home energy audit should cost only about $170.
  • A thorough home energy audit should cost only about $200.
  • A thorough home energy audit should cost only about $250.

What is a way to save energy dollars that almost anyone can take care of in their home?

  • Invest in and install an EnergyStar programmable thermostat for your heating and air conditioning.
  • Change incandescent bulbs for compact florescent bulbs.
  • Both of the above are excellent energy saving suggestions.