Please close your books and turn off your phones. It is time for a pop clean energy quiz from Sunrise Power & Gas, Montgomery County’s newest provider of affordable electricity.
Answers to the quiz can be found below. Grading is on the honor system. Good luck.
No 1 – Is it more energy-efficient to use a toaster oven or a microwave to heat up your food
B. Toaster oven
No. 2 – About what percentage of the energy is used by your washing machine when washing your clothes in hot water?
A. 50 percent
B. 90 percent
C. 25 percent
No. 3 – Which uses more water: Washing a load of dishes by hand or in the dishwasher?
A. Washing by hand
B. Washing in the dishwasher
No. 4 – How many blades does a modern wind turbine have?
D. No set number
No. 5 – Which country currently emits the most greenhouse gases?
No. 6 – Solar, wind, and hydropower energy are all renewable sources of energy. They are called renewable because they:
A. are clean and free to use
B. can be converted directly into heat and electricity
C. can be replenished by nature in a short period of time
D. do not produce air pollution
No. 7 – True or False: Plastic bags must be recycled separately from your curbside recycling program.
Sunrise offers affordable electricity powered by renewable energy, including solar and wind. That enables residential and small business customers to save the environment while managing their budgets. Switching is easy with affordable fixed rates, no enrollment fees, and no requirement for new equipment.
Sunrise also has the answers to your pop quiz.
Both microwave and toaster over are far more energy-efficient than a conventional wall oven. However, most microwaves use between 700 and 1,300 watts while a typical toaster oven uses between 1,200 and 1,800 watts.
B (90 percent)
Washing your clothes in cold water is an easy way to save energy and prevent carbon pollution. Hot water heating accounts for about 90 percent of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes while only 10 percent goes to electricity used by the washer motor.
A (washing by hand)
Handwashing dishes can use up to 50 percent more than an energy-efficient, water-saving dishwasher. Be sure to look for a dishwasher with an Energy Saving rating.
Most modern horizontal axis wind turbines have three blades. Decades of testing has revealed that the three-blade design is the most efficient design for generating electricity in most cases.
With the world’s largest population and, for decades, one of the fastest-growing economies, China is the world’s top CO2 emitter.
C (can be replenished by nature in a short period of time)
Day after day, the sun shines, the wind blows and the rivers flow so they replenish quickly.
Plastic grocery bags are recyclable, just not in your curbside program because they get caught in the sorting equipment. Please recycle them at a grocery store.