No daylight saved —

080307_spring_forward.jpg To be more accurate, the event should be called Daylight Shifting Time, or even Daylight Time Shifting. Nevertheless, no matter what you call it, don’t forget to set your clock forward one hour — from 12:59 am to 2 am local time if you’re a night owl and not asleep.

And if you have friends and/or family in Europe, remember that their Summertime period doesn’t start until 3/30 (last Sunday in March).

I’ve always wished that we’d keep Daylight Saving Time throughout the year, also in winter. The California Energy Commission actually did a study in 2001 to determine whether year-round DST would save energy. They found that both Winter Daylight Saving Time and Summer-season Double Daylight SavingTime (DDST) would probably save marginal amounts of electricity. The U.S. Department of Energy is currently conducting a larger national study of daylight saving time.

This may also be a good time to switch to energy-efficient (compact fluorescent) light bulbs. They use about 75% less energy than standard bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, and produce about 75% less heat. A friend of mine who started using them was pleasantly surprised by his substantially lower electricity bill. Go to to learn more.


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