In the U.S., daylight saving time was first used during World War I to conserve resources. It was reinstated again during World War II until September 1945. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 created a standardized system to observe daylight saving time.
So how does it affect us today? The Department of Energy studied the amount of energy savings in 2008. They found that during daylight saving time, U.S. electricity use decreased by 0.5 percent per day. That doesn’t seem like much, but over time it added up to 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours. That’s enough to power about 122,000 average U.S. homes per year.
These electricity savings generally occur during a three- to five-hour
period in the evening. To learn how you can save energy during
Daylight Saving Time, visit Energy Saver.
Daylight Savings Is Our Little Reminder:
The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission recommend that consumers change the
battery in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when we change the
clocks for Daylight Savings Time.
This is a great reminder to test and change batteries all around your home. While you’ve got the ladder out to check your smoke detectors, why not change a bulb? Switching to energy efficient bulbs in your ceiling fixtures could save you $30 a year PER BULB on your electricity bill. Energy efficient lighting is particularly important in the fall when Daylight Saving Time ends and the days are shorter. The latest generation of energy-saving lighting includes compact fluorescent bulbs that fit in standard light sockets and provide pleasant, uniform light, as well as LED lighting and halogen bulbs.
Change the batteries in your thermostat. Don’t wait until the last minute and end up without air or heat. Changing your thermostat batteries regularly will keep your home temperature running smoothly. If you don’t already have one, install a programmable thermostat. A Lux programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away from home during set periods of time throughout the week. Through proper use of pre-programmed settings, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs [Get programmable thermostat at Amazon].
A Few More Reminders……
Check your filter every month, especially during heavy use months (winter and summer). If the filter looks dirty after a month, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every 3 months. A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool — wasting energy. A clean filter will also prevent dust and dirt from building up in the system — leading to expensive maintenance and/or early system failure.
Tune up your HVAC equipment. Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort. Learn more: Maintain your Equipment: A Checklist
Seal your heating and cooling ducts. Ducts that move air to-and-from a forced air furnace, central air conditioner, or heat pump are often big energy wasters. Sealing and insulating ducts can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by as much as 20 percent — and sometimes much more. Focus first on sealing ducts that run through the attic, crawlspace, unheated basement, or garage. Use duct sealant (mastic) or metal-backed (foil) tape to seal the seams and connections of ducts. After sealing the ducts in those spaces, wrap them in insulation to keep them from getting hot in the summer or cold in the winter. Next, look to seal any other ducts that you can access in the heated or cooled part of the house.
Hopefully these reminders and energy saving tips will help you save money and help put a smile on your face after such a long, grueling winter.