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“What’s Your Energy IQ?” quiz answers

In the latest issue of The CUB Voice, we gave readers a quiz to test their energy savvy.  See the answers below!

What’s Your Energy IQ?

1.) Which accounts for the largest energy expense in a typical U.S. household?

A. Household appliances

B. Lighting

C. Home heating and air conditioning

Answer: C

Heating and cooling account for more than half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

2.) How much can you save annually by unplugging electronic devices while  not in use?

A. $60

B. $100

C. $200

Answer: B

According to Energy Star, the average U.S. household spends $100 per year to power devices while they are off or in standby mode.  Nationally, standby power accounts for more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of annual U.S. electricity consumption and more than $10 billion in annual energy costs.

3.) How much more efficient are Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) compared to regular incandescent bulbs?

A. 25%

B. 50%

C. 75%

Answer: C

FLs use 75 percent less energy than traditional light bulbs and can last up to 10 times as long. Each bulb can cut your electric bill by up to $10 a year. CFLs also generate 75 percent less heat than incandescent bulbs.

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