Quiz: What's Your Eco-Home IQ?

From furniture to flooring to water to power, the choices you make in your home can impact not only your own life, but the health of your whole community. How green is your home? Take this quiz to test your eco-home knowledge.

You can also take our eco-personality quiz to see how green you are.
Q1. Which of the following is not a recommended way to lower your home's energy use?
1. Replace all light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFBs)
2. Unplug power strips from the wall when not in use
3. Dry your clothes on a clothesline
4. Use your oven only every other day to make dinner
Q2. What are the biggest energy drains in the average home?
1. Washer/dryers
2. Gas fireplaces
3. Cooling/heating systems
4. Lightbulbs
Q3. What percentage of U.S. power utility companies offer "green power" options?
1. 3%
2. 10%
3. 25%
4. 50%
Q4. Which of the following can be made of bamboo, a fast-growing, sustainable wood product?
1. Flooring
2. Houses
3. Window blinds
4. All of the above
Q5. What is the term for the dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are released from many synthetic home products?
1. Offgassing
2. Offputting
3. Carbon monoxide
4. New car smell
Q6. What is the most eco-friendly thing to do when you no longer want a piece of furniture?
1. Recycle it
2. Give it away
3. Keep it anyway
4. Burn it
Q7. How much water does the average dripping faucet waste each day?
1. 2 cups
2. 1 gallon
3. 10 gallons
4. 20 gallons
Q8. What's the most eco-friendly way to water your lawn?
1. Use harvested rainwater
2. Water only at the coolest time of day
3. Grow hardy grasses that don't need much watering
4. All of the above
Q9. What combination of non-toxic household products makes a great all-purpose cleaner?
1. Bleach and water
2. Club soda and lemon juice
3. White vinegar and baking soda
4. Dish soap and white vinegar
Q10. Which of the following is a safe and effective substitute for bleach in your laundry?
1. White vinegar
2. Honey
3. Lemon juice
4. Baking soda


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