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Quiz: Rate Your Winter Energy Use

Quiz: Rate Your Winter Energy Use

If you want to reduce your home energy use, winter heating and heat conservation are the first places to look. Take this fascinating quiz to rate your efforts to conserve heat energy and get some valuable information and tips on how to improve!

Find the way to more earth-sustainable home heating this winter, and see how you score. You might be an eco-angel! Take the quiz here:

The lower your score numbers are, the better. See what each of your answers scores, then add your points at the end.

1. In winter, during waking hours, I keep the house temperature around __F.

a. below 64 or off (2pts)
b. 64-66 (4 pts)
c. 66-68 (6 pts)
d. 68-70 (8 pts)
e. 70 or above (10 pts)

HINT: Pile-lined clothing is great for keeping warm around the house and saving energy. Pile fleece is light and comfortable and can pay for itself in one winter’s energy savings. Sporting goods store and mountaineering supply catalogs carry pile clothing.

2. In winter, during sleeping hours, I keep the house temperature around __F.

a. below 55 or off (2 pts)
b. 55-59 (4 pts)
c. 59-62 (6 pts)
d. 62-66 (8 pts)
e. 66 or above (10 pts)

HINT: Do not sleep under an electric blanket. Research indicates that electric blankets could be a health hazard and can disrupt the immune system of those sleeping directly under them when they are turned on. You can warm up the bed with an electric blanket before you get into it, but turn it off when you enter the bed.

3. The house I live in is insulated ____.

a. super well (walls, ceiling, double paned windows) (2 pts)
b. well (4 pts)
c. moderately well (6 pts)
d. only fairly well (8 pts)
e. poorly (10 pts)

HINT: Ten times as much heat escapes from a single-pane window as through a wall. Drapes can reduce the heat lost through a window by 50% if the drapes are insulated and sealed at the bottom. Double-pane windows and reflective coatings are also effective at cutting heating costs.

4. The doors, windows, pipes, and electrical outlets in my house are caulked, weather-stripped, or sealed _____.

a. super well (1 pt)
b. well (2 pts)
c. adequately (3 pts)
d. poorly (4 pts)

HINT: The cracks and gaps in many U.S. homes are equivalent to a 3-foot by 3-foot hole in the wall, which translates to about 15% of home heating energy. These holes can be sealed with caulk. Doors and window frames can be sealed with specially-designed weather-stripping, available at hardware stores. Check for leaks on cold nights when the house is warm by feeling for cold air coming in. Caulking and weatherstripping leaky doors and windows can decrease your energy costs by 10%.

Your Score

If you scored less than 10 points, you are an eco-angel!

10 to 20 points means you are doing pretty well, but could stand to look at the tips to make your home heating use even smarter.

20 to 30 points means there is improvement possible.

Over 30 points means your home heating strategies could definitely use some help.

Read more: Home, Household Hints, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse

Adapted from EarthScore: Your Personal Environmental Audit and Guide, by Donald W. Lotter (Morning Sun Press, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Donald W. Lotter. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Adapted from EarthScore: Your Personal Environmental Audit and Guide, by Donald W. Lotter (Morning Sun Press, 2002).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

11 comments

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8:49AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

thanks

2:16PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

The problem is being able to afford to make sufficient repairs to an old home. There are lots of good stop-gap solutions, but sometimes the real fix is an expensive project like new insulation or windows. : (

3:34AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

thanks

5:54AM PDT on Mar 14, 2011

Thanks for the info.

4:50AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Could be better.

12:17AM PDT on Jun 25, 2010

thanks

2:52PM PST on Feb 22, 2010

oops didn't do to good on that quiz...

10:44PM PST on Jan 30, 2010

Thanks fr the quiz. Sadly our house failed.

8:21AM PST on Jan 19, 2010

Every 2 years I put new weather-stripping in window and door frames, that saved me about 15% heating energy.

11:08PM PST on Jan 16, 2010

Thanks for the post :-)

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