What’s Your Green IQ?

By Andrea Kasprzak for Green Goes Simple

You’ve taken some huge green steps, but how does your green knowledge measure up? Take our quiz to gauge your Green IQ and pick up some conservation cues along the way!

1. Not all household appliances use the same amount of energy. Which one guzzles the most?

    • Blow-dryer
    • Refrigerator
    • Clothes dryer


2. Your computer will use the least amount of energy if you:

    • Keep it on and plugged in overnight
    • Put it to sleep when you put yourself to sleep
    • Turn it off each night

3. If the average American household switched just ____ regular bulb(s) to energy-saving CFLs, it would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year.

    • 100
    • Three
    • One

4. What percentage of waste in landfills is organic matter (food scraps) that could have been composted?

    • 8 percent
    • 50 percent
    • 25 percent


5. When it comes to generating natural energy, which of the following power options does not depend on the climate or weather in your area?

    • Solar
    • Wind
    • Geo-thermal (from the ground)


6. Which of the following is not a benefit of purchasing locally grown produce?

    • Reducing your carbon footprint
    • Cutting down on packaging
    • Being sure your kids will eat all their veggies


7. Approximately how many species of animals does deforestation destroy each year?

    • 1,000
    • 10,000
    • 150,000


  • Mostly A’s: Eco Weak-o

Don’t be discouraged by your less-than-stellar score! View this as a reminder that there’s always room for improvement. Each week, try to adapt a new earth-friendly habit. Swap out an incandescent bulb for a CFL, power off your technology before hitting the sack, or experiment with composting.

  • Mostly B’s: Getting GreenerCongrats! You have a solid understanding of what it means to be eco-aware on both a personal and global scale. Now challenge yourself to learn about new green practices. Read blogs, peruse the news and make a commitment to incorporate your findings into everyday living.
  • Mostly C’s: True GreeniusYou’re conservation-conscious and getting better every day. Be generous with your genius by educating friends and family about simple ways to go green everyday! Share your sustainable skills by dropping tips in your daily conversations or start your own eco blog.


  1. 1
    Janet W. says:

    These are great questions that I really had to think about!

  2. 2

    Wow! I didn’t know the best answer to all of these! Great information

  3. 3

    I was actually suprised on some of these ! Great, fun way to share information !

  4. 4

    That was a fun little quiz… though I would love to hear explanations of the answers!!

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