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The Ultimate Home Energy-Saving Systems Quiz
by Staff
What can you do in your home to save energy? There are many options to consider, as well as many steps to take to obtain maximum health and energy savings from home improvements. Take this quiz and learn about home energy-saving systems.

What is one thing you should consider when you start changing things to save energy in your home?

  • A positive change that you make in one area of your home can create problems to be addressed in another area.
  • You home is a system made up of several different components that are designed to work together.
  • Both of the above statements are true.

What is a common term that refers to your home's exterior walls, doors, windows and roof?

  • environ
  • exterior shell
  • envelope

What do combustion systems require from within the home to function properly and efficiently?

  • They require an adequate fuel supply from within the home to function properly and efficiently.
  • They require an adequate supply of air from within the home to function properly and efficiently.
  • Both of the above are required from within the home for combustion systems function properly and efficiently.

Can all those energy-saving sealing and tightening processes performed on a home's envelope make it too airtight?

  • Yes, you can make your home too airtight and create problems because of it.
  • The problem is not that a home can be too airtight rather a home can be too poorly ventilated.
  • No, it is not possible by nature to make a home too airtight, as air will always find a path to infiltrate.

Where can combustion air come from for a furnace if it is not coming from air leaks in a home?

  • The air could be pulled down an exhaust vent of another operating and co-located combustion appliance.
  • There will always be enough air available in the home to provide what a combustion system requires.
  • The air will come in with opening and closing of exterior doors as people enter and exit.

What is the name of a common dangerous condition brought on by not supplying adequate air for combustion from outside the home?

  • The common dangerous condition is called in fluxing
  • The common dangerous condition is called irradiating.
  • The common dangerous condition is called back drafting.

Besides a furnace drawing air and flue gases from a nearby appliance, what is an even more dangerous scenario of back drafting?

  • Operating exterior vented range hoods can pull combustion gases from the furnace into your living space.
  • Operating exterior vented bathroom fans can pull combustion gases from the furnace into your living space.
  • Both of the above are correct.

What is the danger of combustion byproducts entering your home instead of exiting from the chimney or exhaust vent?

  • Your home can fill up with smoke that is as bad for health as cigarette smoke.
  • Your home can be filled with a high level of invisible carbon monoxide gas.
  • Your home will end up smelling of combustion fumes, which can be hard to wash out of clothes and curtains.

What is a perfect and inexpensive solution to prevent back drafting in your newly sealed home?

  • Always leave at least one window open a crack to allow some air infiltration.
  • Leave your dryer door open and make sure the dryer vent is not clogged with lint.
  • Have your heating technician install a make-up air inlet from outside into your furnace room.

How much energy is saved for every degree higher you set the cooling thermostat?

  • 3 to 6 percent per degree higher
  • 4 to 8 percent per degree higher
  • 6 to 10 percent per degree higher

What is a common problem that many people encounter once they tighten up the home envelope?

  • Condensation becomes a problem as it builds up on their new windows.
  • Heavy frost builds up on the outside of their new windows because the window is now warmer.
  • People start to feel the "Volkswagen effect": sudden ear pressure when an exterior door is slammed.

Why is ensuring indoor air quality so important in an energy efficient home?

  • Studies reveal that people spend about 90 percent of their time inside and bad air can make people sick.
  • Studies reveal that people spend about 75 percent of their time inside and bad air can make people sick.
  • Studies reveal that people spend about 60 percent of their time inside and bad air can make people sick.

What is the best way to improve the quality of indoor air in your energy efficient well sealed home?

  • The best way to improve air quality is to open a window or two for about an hour each day.
  • The best way to improve air quality is by mechanically removing stale air and replacing it with fresh outside air.
  • The best way to improve air quality is to install electronic carbon filters on your heating and air conditioning.

How efficient is the heat transfer of the exchanged air at 32°F (0°C)?

  • 92 percent
  • 88 percent
  • 84 percent

What condition is required in order to make individual home wind power financially viable?

  • Your local utility must allow you to sell excess power to them and buy power from them during low wind periods.
  • You must live in an area where you have frequent enough wind to generate most of your power requirements.
  • Both of the above conditions are necessary to make generating your own wind power attractive.

Is there a source of alternate energy that makes some sense and is economically feasible for a homeowner?

  • Most alternate energy systems are too expensive for American homes and are used mainly by large business.
  • Solar panels that produce electricity are more efficient now and cost less so this is a viable option.
  • The only real source that makes sense financially is solar water or pool heaters and passive solar heating.

What is one renewable fuel that has gained a lot of popularity for heating over the past few years?

  • Heating with ethanol fuel has become very popular over the past several years.
  • Heating with wood has become very popular over the past several years.
  • Heating with biodiesel fuel has become very popular over the past several years.

What is the approximate heating efficiency of a regular open fireplace?

  • about 27 percent
  • about 15 percent
  • about 10 percent

What should you do if you are considering a wood stove installation?

  • You should consult with a wood heating professional before you make any decisions.
  • You should choose between a wood stove and a pellet stove first.
  • You should research modern wood stove installation as much as possible.

Burning wood can bring the possibility of a flue fire. What is the most obvious indication that you likely have a flue fire due to creosote buildup?

  • The most obvious sign of a chimney fire is a loud roar in the walls especially on floors above a wood stove.
  • The most obvious sign of a chimney fire is flames shooting out of the top of the chimney.
  • The most obvious sign of a chimney fire is smoke coming through the wall around the ceiling.