The Ultimate Greening Your Home Office Quiz

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About This Quiz

Telecommuting is becoming a major trend. Not only does it save money for companies and improve the quality of life of their employees, but it is also good for the environment. You can take it a step further by going green in your home office. Take our quiz for some fabulous ideas on how to green your home office.

According to a 2009 survey, how many Americans were expected to work from home that year?

According to MSNBC, up to 14 million Americans were expected to work from home at least part-time in 2009. The good news is that it not only saves money, but is good for the environment, as well.

Why do most paints give off smelly fumes?

Many paints contain high amounts of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that produce a smelly gas when they're applied. If you want to go green, you can buy low-VOC and zero-VOC paints that are available in a variety of colors.

Which type of flooring that you might use in your office is considered renewable?

For your environmentally friendly office, consider bamboo or cork flooring. Both are renewable resources that are recognized as green materials.

Which substance does particleboard give off when it's new?

Stick with wood furniture for your green office. Particleboard doesn't last as well as solid wood and it gives off formaldehyde when it's new.

Which type of paper products should you buy for your green home office?

Buy office papers that are made from a high percentage of recycled content. It's possible to purchase not only paper but folders, envelopes, paper towels and tissues that are environmentally friendly.

What types of pens are environmentally friendly?

Be sure to look for green office supplies. Refillable pens are an environmentally responsible choice, as are biodegradable garbage can liners, solar-powered calculators and non-toxic markers.

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) has a list of criteria that they use to rate _____ equipment according to its environmental friendliness.

If you want to embrace green computing, check out the list of 51criteria that the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) uses to rate computer equipment according to its environmental impact.

In 1960, how many tons of garbage were thrown away in the United States?

America's throwaway culture takes a large toll on the environment. In 1960, 88 million tons (79,832 kilograms) of garbage were thrown away in the United States; in 2005, that number had grown to a staggering 245 million tons (222,260 kilograms).

What's the best way to cut down on waste in your green office (and everywhere else)?

To cut down on waste production and on the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills, follow a plan to reduce, reuse and recycle as much waste as you can.

Which type of electric bulbs are greenest?

Choose compact fluorescent bulbs for the light fixtures in your home office. They last longer, cost less to use and are recyclable.

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