As many Michiganders know, this time of year is one of great transition. With the end of Daylight Saving Time, this change becomes even more evident as our days get shorter and nights get longer.  

Daylight Saving Time was created to increase our country’s efficiencies both in fuel conservation and how we used resources during World War I. It was only supposed to last seven months, being discontinued nationwide at the end of the war. However, states continued to observe the time change, which starts in March and ends in November, until it became law by Congress measure in 1966.  

The longer nights that come with the end of Daylight Saving Time doesn’t have to translate to an increase in your energy bill. Simply remember to choose the right lighting. Not only will energy efficient lighting enable you to lower your energy use (while saving money in the process), but it reduces your impact on the environment. Switch to ENERGY STAR®-certified LED light bulbs that use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and save about $80 in electricity costs over the life time of use.

Daylight Saving may be over, but the savings in your pocketbook doesn’t have to be. 

Revised from original blog posted October 28, 2018.