Take the “Are You a True Hero of the House” Quiz

Fun fact: You don’t need to wear a cape, have the ability to fly, or actually have ANY type of super powers to be a hero. You can save the world, or at least HELP to save the world, by making eco-friendly choices every day and making sure your household uses energy efficiently to produce a lower carbon footprint.

Do you think your hero lifestyle is already at the top of its game? You can find out by taking the “Are You a True Hero of the House?” quiz from StarTex Power, a Constellation Company. Answer 10 questions to identify your room-by-room habits that save energy, reduce your energy bill and help the environment and determine how energy-conscious you are as a homeowner.

How did you do on the quiz? If you have a ways to go to make it to hero status, there are 5 household challenges you can take to improve your habits. Most of them are SUPER easy and will be a cinch to incorporate into your every day life. Here are a couple of them that I already do and I think they help a lot!

This first tip is SO EASY – it literally just takes the push of a button. Skip the heated drying cycle on your dishwasher and allow your dishes to air dry instead. If you don’t have a specific air dry feature on your older dishwasher, just crack the door to let air in once the wash cyle is finished. This simple step can cut the energy use of your dishwasher by 15-50%!

You can cut down on both heating and cooling costs in your home just by changing the way you decorate! Swap your existing curtains for blackout curtains and they will keep out heat sneaking through windows in the summer and then keep the heat inside during the winter. They can reduce thermal loss by up to 25%. We have these curtains throughout our house and you can easily feel the difference in the room temperature when the curtains are opened or closed.

Be sure to visit the StarTex Power blog for more Hero of the House Challenges to help you become (or stay!) the Hero of Your House!

What are YOUR tips for being more energy efficient in your house?

These energy-saving tips will help your household use less energy, save money and let you become the Hero of the House!

thriftyjinxy@live.com' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of ThriftyJinxy.com, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. I am totally the hero of the house. I am the official energy police of the house. I make sure everybody keeps the energy usage as small as possible.

  2. I am a total house hero. I always make sure that people are keeping their mitts off the thermostat and unplugging wall worts. Those things drain power even when nothing’s plugged into them.

  3. There is a probably a lot I could do to make things more efficient around here. I definitely want to save on power. I like the dish washing tip!

  4. I certainly am the hero of this house! And I better get acknowledged if they ever want dinner again!

  5. I a must always chasing people around telling them to turn off the lights behind them! I try to save energy but I think I’m the only one haha.

  6. ha! I would be the hero of the house for sure. We check our carbon and nitrogen footprint often to make sure we’re still in line 😉

  7. I like to think I am the hero of the house, but I think hubby takes that title. He’s more extreme than I am in making sure we are as energy conscious as possible around here.

  8. Hero of the house for sure here, but lately my husband has come a close second. Hes starting to really take charge of it all and is making sure everyone is as cautious as possible!

  9. I am a super hero in training. 😉 When it comes to saving energy, I could definitely do better!

  10. I love this so much! I am so the hero in my house, especially since my husband travels so much!

  11. myblessedsouthernlife@gmail.com' Michelle Waller says:

    When we move into our new house, we are going to make it very energy efficient. I am going to have to remember your tips.

  12. There’s nothing better than to help save energy. It’s nice to be the hero of the house when it comes to this!

  13. info@ourfamilyworld.com' Our Family World says:

    Thanks for these tips! I try as much to cut down on electric consumption in our house. I turn on the lights if someone “accidentally” leaves them on, I wash dishes by hand and I let the air do the drying.

  14. annemarie.leblanc@gmail.com' Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Awesome tips to be a true home hero. I try to reduce our power consumption by choosing the right kind of lighting. I use LED light bulbs which use very little power but have a high luminescence. I noticed a reduction in my electric bill since I switched to LED lights.

  15. I have to admit I am not the hero of the house. My husband is always turning down the heat. I am careful with other things and since the kids moved out, our bill has gone down so much

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