Daylight Saving Time = Energy Savings

You’ve officially made it through the first week of Daylight Savings Time! Have you fully adjusted your schedule? We know the first day after one less hour of sleep can be rough!

The man who discovered electricity is also the man who is credited with conceiving the idea of daylight savings. In 1784, Benjamin Franklin conceived the idea in an effort to conserve candles. The US officially adopted the idea during World War I as a way to preserve resources for the war effort.

Daylight Savings Time, better known as Daylight Savings, means we have more natural light during the day that we can take advantage of and forgo using electricity needed for artificial lighting. Approximately 25% of all of the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs and stereos. Much of this energy consumption is the result of using lighting and appliances when families are home in the evening. Daylight savings time also spreads energy usage out more evenly over the course of a day, reducing peak times of energy demand.

We’ve complied a list of great ways to fulfill the mission of daylight savings time:

Work Out in Nature – Instead of going to the gym and using the treadmill or elliptical machine, jog in the park. If you live on a college campus, run the stairs of the stadium.

Patio Party – Enjoy the last few hours of daylight and ring in the evening with dinner outside on your favorite restaurant’s patio or have a picnic in your backyard.

Walk or Bike – Avoid driving to your evening’s activities, utilize the daylight to safely walk or bike to your destination.

Make homework fun – Take the kiddos outside. Get them some fresh air and let them do their homework at a picnic table or on a blanket.

To learn about other great ways to be green and save some energy while enjoying the great outdoors, check out our post about having an eco Spring Break.

Thanks, Flickr user Stuck in Customs.