How Energy Efficient is Your Home?
HOW'D YOU DO?
If you scored mostly 1's, your house is probably very efficient. Of course, there's always room for improvement. Look at the areas where your home is deficient to see how you can improve it. For instance, if you scored A's or B's on most questions, but scored a C on the question about lighting, try changing out a few of your incandescent light bulbs with CF bulbs for even more efficiency.
If you scored mostly 2's, your home is pretty efficient, but making a few changes could put you on your way to an A. Try making a checklist of things that need to be done on a regular basis - like changing filters and having your heating and air systems inspected. Making - and following - a list can help make you and your home more efficient.
If you scored mostly 3's, you may be doing some of the things to make your home more efficient, but there are lots of steps you can take to increase efficiency and reduce energy bills. Start with some of the simpler things, like changing out light bulbs and sealing air leaks. After you've tackled these tasks, maybe you'll be inspired to work on insulation.
If you scored mostly 4's, your home could certainly benefit from some energy efficient changes. Evaluate your budget and see what the most cost effective change would be - that's where you should start. That may be adding insulation to the attic. Keep in mind that several energy efficient upgrades that you make to your home can qualify for tax credits. But don't forget some of the easier (and less expensive) ideas, like turning down the temperature on your water heater.
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This is simply a general overview of your home's efficiency and is not designed to do what a professional audit can. It is designed to give you ideas about how you can improve your home's energy efficiency, but not to give scientific answers. Of course, this quiz doesn't cover all the bases, like choosing energy efficient ENERGY STAR rated appliances, but it is a great start to getting your home in tip-top shape.