Energy Literacy Quiz

Test your energy awareness by answering the quiz questions below. Many of the answers contain links to references, datasets or spreadsheets that can be used to further explore these topics.

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Solar energy in a forest

1.) Which forms of energy are ultimately derived from solar energy?

  • Gasoline
  • Wind
  • Coal
  • Nuclear energy
  • Biofuels

2.) About how much of the total energy use in the United States is supplied by renewable forms of energy?

  • 4%
  • 11%
  • 20%
  • 35%

3.) Which type of energy is expected make up the largest portion of the world's energy supply in the year 2040?

  • renewable energy
  • fossil fuels
  • nuclear energy

4.) Many nations have a governmental standard for the average fuel economy of all new passenger automobiles sold, such as the US Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard. Which regions have the most stringentrequirement for automobile fuel economy?

  • Japan
  • Canada
  • United States
  • China
  • European Union
  • South Korea

5.) The biggest use of energy in the typical US home is:

  • Home electronics
  • Water heating (such as for hot showers or laundry)
  • Space heating (heating the house itself)
  • Lighting
  • Cooking

6.) If every American household replaced 3 incandescent light bulbs with LED light bulbs, how would US carbon dioxide emissions change?

  • 0.75% increase
  • 0.1% decrease
  • 1.8% decrease
  • 6% decrease

7.) True or false: Wind turbines are a leading source of bird deaths

Solar Thermal Tower 8.) Which single technology can provide our society with a seamless transition to cheap, safe and carbon-free energy?

  • Electric cars
  • Concentrating solar power
  • Nuclear power
  • Clean coal
  • Hydrogen fuel cells
  • Wind turbines
  • Natural gas

Coffee pot 9.) What uses more energy? Six hours of laptop use or making coffee?

  • Laptop uses more energy
  • Coffee uses more energy
  • They are about the same

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