The Ultimate Fall Green Cleaning Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Is your home ready for winter? Why not incorporate some eco-friendly and energy saving tips into your winterizing routine? Check out our quiz for great ideas you can use this year that will make a difference to the environment.

What is a green, water-saving idea for your pool when it's not in use?

An uncovered pool loses water by evaporation. Keep a cover on your swimming pool when it's not in use; this will decrease water loss by 90%.

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Which of the following is a greener solution than raising the thermostat when the temperature drops?

Instead of raising the thermostat, put on a sweater, use draft stoppers in doorways and invest in a programmable thermostat.

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What percentage of your utility bill is devoted to heating costs?

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, about 34 percent of a homeowners' utility bill is devoted to heating costs.

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Which type of household waste is ideal for composting?

Leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste make great additions to your compost pile. Food scraps can also be composted, but bones, meat and fatty foods should not be included.

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What is a major benefit of composting?

Composting enriches the soil and reduces the need for water, fertilizers and pesticides.

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Which type of blanket when wrapped around your water heater can help you save energy in winter?

Wrap an insulating blanket (you can find them at your local hardware store or DIY) around your water heater to save energy this winter. You may be able to save as much as 4 to 9 percent in water heating costs.

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What is the greenest temperature for your water heater that still lets you enjoy a hot shower?

Most water heaters do their job just as well at 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) as at higher settings. The lower temperature could help increase the lifespan of your heater in addition to lowering your energy costs.

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What is one way to keep indoor air pollutants to a minimum in your home during the winter months?

You can keep indoor air pollutants in your home to a minimum all winter long by using homemade cleaning products like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and water.

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What is a great, green way of getting rid of bad odors in your microwave oven?

Instead of spraying potentially toxic room deodorizers into the air you breathe, boil vinegar in the microwave to get rid of bad odors.

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Conduct your own home energy audit: check for air leaks and seal them with:

Conduct your own home energy audit: check for air leaks and seal them with caulk. Sealing leaks around the house could save you from 5 to 30 percent in energy costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

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