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Quiz: Are You Paying Too Much for Utilities?

According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the average American family spends approximately 7 percent of its annual net income on household utilities, fuels, and public services. But fortunately, there are ways to cut costs and save. Are you paying too much for your utilities? Take our quiz to find out now.

Quiz Questions:

1. How much of your annual net income do you spend on utilities, such as electricity, gas, and water?
More than 10 percent.
7 to 9 percent.
4 to 6 percent.
Less than 4 percent.

2. Have you switched from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs?
Yes, I only use compact fluorescent bulbs.
Some of my bulbs are compact fluorescent, but others are incandescent.
No, but I plan on switching within the year.
What's the difference between incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs?

3. Do you set your thermostat a few degrees lower in winter and a few degrees higher in summer to save money?
Yes, always. Those few degrees add up to big savings over time.
Yes, most of the time.
Sometimes, when I remember.
No, comfort is more important to me than saving a few dollars.

4. Have you installed low-flow showerheads in your home?
Yes, and I also try to take short showers to conserve water and save money.
No, but I try to take short showers to conserve water and save money.
No. I'm not interested in installing a low-flow showerhead, and I enjoy my long showers too much to cut back.
I'm interested in installing a low-flow showerhead, but I need to learn more about it first.

5. Do you wash your clothes and dishes only when you have a full load?
Yes, I always wait until the machines are full to run them.
Yes, I usually wait until the machines are full.
Sometimes I wait until the machines are full, but other times, I run them with a half-load.
I run the washing machine and dishwasher whenever I need to, regardless of how full they are.

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