On Sunday, many of us will set our clocks an hour ahead, giving us an “extra hour” of sunlight at the end of the day. While “springing forward” may seem simple enough, the history of Daylight Saving Time (DST) and the thought process behind it is a little more complicated.
According to timeanddate.com, DST is used to make better use of daylight and to save energy. Who invented Daylight Saving Time? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly, but it’s a concept that has been alluded to in ancient civilizations and later made famous and adopted into common usage by scientists and politicians.
Here’s a look at the history of Daylight Saving Time:
Many families are taking an active interest in living a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Nevertheless, getting there can sometimes feel a bit daunting.
Here are ways to help “green your family”:
Being more eco-conscious in your day-to-day living doesn’t require the drastic lifestyle changes many people think it does. As a matter of fact, it’s many little changes to everyday life that can contribute to a healthier, greener earth. You can do your part by trying out some of these ideas at home to go green and give Mother Nature a helping hand:
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably well familiar with the slogan “go green” – but what is living green really all about? Living green is all about sustainable living, a lifestyle choice that incorporates several different environmentally friendly practices to deliver a powerful punch against pollution and other environmentally destructive practices.
Reducing Energy Usage
One of the key practices of sustainable living involves making changes to your habits, as well as physical changes to your home to limit the amount of energy you use and to decrease your carbon emissions. You can do this by using energy sparingly, like turning off lights when they’re not in use and limiting your use of home cooling and heating systems, and by installing energy-efficient appliances in your home. This also extends to your transportation habits – if you really want to live green, limit the use of your car by moving closer to work or by taking public transportation.
Much has been written about avoiding electric bill shock in cold weather, but fewer savings tips for the summer heat are available. Until now. Here are some tips to help you lower your electric bills during the summer and early fall.
8 Ways to Minimize Electric Bill Shock
1. Get the right window or room air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® publishes guidelines to help you learn what size unit to install based on your room size. You shouldn’t use one more powerful than you need since you’ll waste energy.
2. Have a technician fine tune your HVAC system. Even slight problems can reduce your system’s efficiency by up to 20 percent. An annual check up by an experienced technician can eliminate this energy waste.
3. Keep your filters clean. If you have central air conditioning, change your filters regularly. A monthly cycle should be sufficient. Window units usually have washable filters that should be cleaned whenever they clog with dust. Central and window units lose efficiency and, therefore, work harder (as in using more electricity) when air flow becomes difficult with clogged filters.