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Money-saving Gadgets Quiz
by Staff
We could all stand to save a little more money. And while we don't give a second thought to buying a cup of coffee or a cable television subscription, these expenses add up over time. But fortunately, there's no shortage of gadgets and technology to help us beat back the high costs of everyday life.

How does an electricity usage monitor help people save money?

  • by shutting off electricity when it reaches a certain usage amount each month
  • by determining which appliances use the most energy
  • by limiting the amount of energy used for computer monitors

Which of the following is the best way to save money on long-distance domestic calling?

  • negotiating a lower rate with a phone company
  • dialing the number using Google Voice
  • using a prepaid phone card

Wind turbines save money by converting a stiff breeze into usable power. How long do the turbines last?

  • 100 years
  • 30 years
  • 10 years

Low-flow showerheads save water, but they also save enough energy to power which of these appliances?

  • blender
  • refrigerator
  • television

What's the name of the system that allows applications to dial telephones from a computer?

  • Application programming interface
  • Voice over Internet Protocol
  • Peer-to-peer network

How much energy can you save by using a programmable thermostat?

  • up to 50 percent
  • up to 20 percent
  • up to 10 percent

An array of smartphone applications allow consumers to scan product bar codes to compare prices between retailers. Which of the following is a measure that some retailers have taken in response?

  • banning smart phones in stores
  • attaching new bar codes to their store's products
  • automatically matching competitors' prices

The nPower Personal Energy Generator (PEG) converts the kinetic energy of human movement into useable energy for personal electronics. Which of the following devices is best charged with a PEG?

  • iPod Nano
  • laptop
  • smartphone

Residential wind turbines save money by transferring the wind's kinetic energy into which type of electricity?

  • direct current (DC)
  • undercurrent
  • alternating current (AC)

How much water is spared by installing and using low-flow showerheads?

  • 10 to 20 percent
  • 75 to 95 percent
  • 25 to 60 percent

Which of these is a common type of energy waste that an electricity usage monitor can identify?

  • vampire power
  • a succubus
  • the two-plus hours of squandered time that goes into watching a Washington Wizards basketball game

In addition to those that scan barcodes, what other types of smartphone apps are designed to help shoppers save money?

  • fun games, like Angry Birds
  • AMC's "Mad Men"cocktail culture" app
  • coupon and deal-finding apps, like Coupon Sherpa and GasBuddy

An automatic drip coffeemaker can help users save money by lowering the cost of a cup o' joe. How much does it cost for a home-brewed cup from a 12-ounce (0.35-liter) bag of ground coffee?

  • $1.00
  • $0.75
  • $0.22

While programmable thermostats can play a part in cutting energy costs, a 2008 study by Florida Power and Light revealed that the average user of this device actually used more energy than those who didn't. Why?

  • The users set their air conditioning temperatures too low.
  • Programmable thermostats require additional energy to operate.
  • The programmable thermostats were defective.

How much energy does the combination of a television cable box and DVR box use each year?

  • more than 1,000 kilowatt hours
  • more than 100 kilowatt hours
  • more than 500 kilowatt hours

Which of the following is NOT a common method for smartphone applications to get price-comparison information?

  • using a piece of external hardware to scan a bar code
  • using the phone's camera to scan a bar code
  • voice command from phone user

Federal regulations dictate that showerheads may not have flow rates exceeding how many gallons of water per minute?

  • 5.5 (20.8 liters)
  • 3 (11.4 liters)
  • 2.5 (9.5 liters)

Skype makes which of these services more affordable.

  • phone
  • cable
  • DSL

Which of these is NOT a popular, less-costly alternative to cable TV?

  • Streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu
  • Writing, directing and starring in your on TV show, like <i>Three's Company</i>.
  • Web TV boxes, like Roku

What are the estimated monthly savings on an electricity bill yielded by a three-kilowatt wind turbine?

  • 90 percent
  • 75 percent
  • 60 percent