With spring comes warmer days, longer nights and…Daylight Saving Time! After being enacted by the federal government in March 1818 as a way to conserve coal, Daylight Saving Time was made federal law in the United States in 1966 as part of the Uniform Time Act. It is also believed to have been created to increase people’s productivity during daylight hours. Either way, it gives us additional time to get out, be active and enjoy the beauty of Michigan’s seasons.
While lifelong Michiganders know this day looms each year, some still have a hard time adjusting to the “lost” 2 AM hour. If you’re someone who still needs convincing of this day’s value, give this some thought – that “lost” hour can help you modify parts of your home for energy savings. Here are a few tips:
- Take advantage of natural light. Instead of flipping on the light switch when you walk into a room, open the blinds and let the sunshine brighten the space. Solar energy is also a natural, less expensive way to warm your home instead of adjusting your thermostat.
- …Speaking of, update your programmable thermostat. Now that you have an extra hour of sunlight and warmer temperatures, you can change the settings of your thermostat to accommodate for warmer temperatures. This can help you save up to 10 percent on your heating costs.
- Change your water heater’s temperature. Did you know that water heating makes up nearly 20 percent of the energy consumed in your home? Turn down the temperature of your water heater to its warm setting (120o) to manage your energy costs.