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You can save tons of money by changing how you look at your appliances. For example, did you know that your electric oven uses more electricity than your refrigerator? Or that drying your clothes costs you three times more than washing them?start quiz
Question 1 of 20
Which of these appliances uses the most energy?
... Water heaters can cost you more than $45 per month to run. Save energy by lowering the set temperature a few degrees and turning the water off when you're going to be away for more than a couple of days. Better yet, check into a tankless water heater, which only heats water when you need it.
Question 2 of 20
Which of the following does NOT use any electricity when in standby mode?
... Office equipment and home entertainment products usually draw energy even when they're on standby, but most coffee makers use little to no energy when plugged in but not running.
Question 3 of 20
A new refrigerator uses ________ less energy than your 20-year-old hand-me-down model.
... It's hard to part with hand-me-downs, especially when they're from grandma. But you could buy her flowers -- a few times a year -- with the energy savings. New refrigerators use 60 percent less energy than models from 20 years ago, according to the California Energy Commission. That's an average of $280 a year.
Question 4 of 20
What does the Energy Star label mean?
... The Energy Star label was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It only gets slapped on if the product saves energy, but also performs well and has high quality.
Question 5 of 20
Which of these two appliances use about the same amount of electricity, on average?
... No wonder we love doing laundry! It takes plenty of our energy, plus an iron and a washing machine use equal household energy -- if you use cold water for your wash. If you're washing your clothes with hot water, then the energy use is much higher.
Question 6 of 20
If you want to make your entertainment room more energy efficient, get rid of your ________ .
... None of these entertainment devices compare to the cost of a night out at the movies, but your stereo system costs the most: about 66 cents per month. The DVD player only costs 2 cents a month to run and the video game console, 4 cents a month.
Question 7 of 20
Which of the following kitchen appliances costs the most to run for one hour?
... A 1,500-watt deep-fat fryer costs 19.5 cents to run for an hour, the most of any of these three -- and probably the least healthy, too.
Question 8 of 20
If you want to save $5 a month, which appliance should you unplug?
... Having a clock radio permanently plugged in uses about $5 in electricity every month. If you seldom use the radio, try an old-fashioned wind-up clock with a bell, or use the alarm on the smartphone that you already take to bed with you. It's OK -- admit it.
Question 9 of 20
Which of the following TVs is more expensive to run for an hour?
... You pay in energy use for the higher quality of plasma pictures. The plasma TV will set you back 3 cents per hour, while a conventional TV only costs less than 1 cent an hour to run.
Question 10 of 20
More than 50 percent of the energy used by a computer goes to this component:
... Turn off your monitor even if you want to leave your computer on and you'll still save electricity.
Question 11 of 20
How many times more expensive is it to run an air conditioner than a ceiling fan?
... Get ready to sweat a bit -- you'll pay about 1 cent per hour to use a ceiling fan, but 8 cents per hour for a one-room air-conditioner.
Question 12 of 20
Which appliance costs the most to run?
... The dishwasher can cost up to 37 cents per load to run, depending on the make and model. It's more than the other appliances, but maybe not enough to justify eating out instead of cooking at home ...
Question 13 of 20
Which home item keeps draining energy even when not in use?
... If you leave a battery charger plugged in, it still generates heat, even if there's nothing attached to the other side. When you're done charging your cell phone, unplug the charger.
Question 14 of 20
What costs more to run?
... You pay about 1.76 cents per hour for a desktop computer with an old cathode ray tube monitor. The laptop is more efficient, even when charging.
Question 15 of 20
You've decided to keep your plasma TV and DVD player in your home theater, but you want snacks. Which food-related appliance would use the least amount of energy?
... At least in terms of pure wattage, a waffle iron uses the most energy, followed by a hot plate, and then a popcorn popper. Real energy depends on how long you use them. Thank goodness the popcorn popper wins, because waffles are great, but who wants to get syrup all over those comfortable chairs? Besides, popcorn and movies...
Question 16 of 20
Which appliance can you hold on to because it costs less than 1/4 cent per day to run?
... It costs a whopping 3 cents per hour to run a three-light track light. A night light costs about 1 cent per night, but an electric toothbrush is really efficient, costing less than 1/4 of a cent to run each day. Why bag something this efficient that also might keep your dentist happy?
Question 17 of 20
What appliance is surprisingly energy efficient?
... Even if you use a microwave for 30 minutes per day, you'll only spend $2.49 a month enjoying its many wonders, like reheating restaurant leftovers, which were cooked using someone else's energy the first time around!
Question 18 of 20
What percentage of your monthly expenditures do lighting and appliances use?
... Lighting and appliances are the second largest energy expense group, at 31 percent. In the average U.S. household, 48 percent of energy goes to heating and comfort.
Question 19 of 20
Which appliance is a huge energy waster?
... Running a garbage disposal for just 5 minutes can cost you 22 cents, and it's easy to scrape those plates into the trash can. Or how about composting some of the scraps?
Question 20 of 20
So, how much does it cost to run a hair dryer?
... At 14 cents per hour, it costs more to dry your hair than it does to run a vacuum cleaner (which costs 11 cents per hour). If your hair is manageable, you might try letting it dry naturally -- while you vacuum.
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