Earth Day Quiz

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Which household appliance uses the most energy?

A) Refrigerator

B) Toaster

C) Dishwasher

D) Washing machine

Answer: A – Refrigerators use about 11% of a household’s total energy consumption.

Take Action: Buy Energy Star endorsed refrigerators, which will use less energy and save you money. Also, make sure your refrigerator is set to optimal energy use temperatures (between 2°C and 3°C).


What country has the greatest number of coal powered generators?

A) Canada

B) Russia

C) U.S.A.

D) China

Answer: D – China requires a great deal of energy to power their rapidly developing economy. Unfortunately burning coal causes pollution.


“Phantom carriers” is a term used for electronic devices that:

A) Move from room to room

B) Continue to consume electricity even when switched off

C) Are really expensive

D) Are energy efficient

Answer: B – “Phantom carriers” are products that draw power 24 hours a day. Appliances that have a clock or programming displays such as coffee makers, DVD players, computers, printers, and stereos are considered phantom load carriers. 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.


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