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Test Your Energy IQ

Answers follow the questions:

1. For which jobs are microwave ovens used most?

  • Defrosting frozen foods
  • Cooking meals
  • Reheating foods
  • Preparing snacks

2. Microwave ovens are currently found in what percentage of all U.S. Homes?

  • 23%
  • 54%
  • 84%

3. Almost all of us use ovens for cooking. What percentage are electric?

  • 17%
  • 63%
  • 81%

4. How many gallons of hot water does the typical dishwasher use during a normal cycle?

  • 7
  • 14
  • 25

5. Ceiling fans are currently found in what percentage of U.S. homes?

  • 10 to 15%
  • 25 to 30%
  • 50 to 55%

6. Switching to fluorescent lighting can save consumers a lot of money. How much money could Americans save collectively each year if we all made the switch to efficient lighting?

  • $500,000
  • $1 million
  • $750 million

7. Energy-efficient lighting can reduce home electricity demand up to what percent?

  • 15%
  • 50%
  • 75%

8. In a family of four, if each member takes one 10-minute shower a day using a standard showerhead, how many gallons of water will the family use a year?

  • 13,000 gallons
  • 73,000 gallons
  • 150,000 gallons

9. How much does the typical family spend in a year to run its electric home appliances?

  • $100 to $300
  • $400 to $1,000
  • $1,100 to $1,500

10. How many gallons of gasoline does a typical driver use each year?

  • 1,070 gallons
  • 3,500 gallons
  • 5,100 gallons

11. What percent of home heat is lost up an open chimney flue after a fire has died in the fireplace?

  • 1%
  • 5%
  • 10%

12. Industry consumes what percent of the total energy used in the United States?

  • 10%
  • 36%
  • 57%

13. Which renewable energy source generates the most electricity?

  • Wind power
  • Hydropower
  • Solar power

14. What energy source provides more than half of the electricity in the U.S.?

  • Nuclear
  • Coal
  • Natural gas

15. What is the nation’s most plentiful energy source?

  • Oil
  • Coal
  • Nuclear

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Answers
1. Cooking meals
2. 84%
3. 63%
4. 14 gallons
5. 50 to 55%
6. $750 million
7. 75%
8. 73,000 gallons
9. $400 to $1,000
10. 1,070
11. 10%
12. 36%
13. Hydropower
14. Coal
15. Coal

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