Friday, October 30, 2009

Don't Forget to Fall Back!

Daylight Saving Time is ending this Saturday night. I guess the good news is that you get an extra hour to enjoy your post Trick-or-Treating candy coma. The bad news is that it's going to be dark earlier and longer. Now is the perfect time to swap out those old incandescent bulbs for energy saving fluorescent ones!

FYI, the reason for the inception of Daylight Saving Time was to save energy!

It was originally believed that maximizing sunlight would minimize the electricity needed for artificial lighting. This notion is still up for debate, mainly due to the increased usage of air conditioning in the summer months. However, many (including myself) would argue that Daylight Saving Time has numerous other benefits.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. to start at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November beginning in 2007, though Congress retained the right to revert to the 1986 law should the change prove unpopular or if energy savings are not significant.

So, if you are like me and you love Daylight Saving Time, you now have another reason to conserve energy! When you reset your clocks this weekend, be sure and reset your programmable thermostats as well! (WE recommend 68 or lower this winter. 60 while you are asleep or away for more than 4 hours.)

To know more than you ever dreamed possible about Daylight Saving Time, click here.

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