Getting Your Home Ready For Spring Daylight Savings

Dated: 03/09/2018

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Getting Your Home Ready for Spring Daylight Savings

Image titleIt is almost time to “spring ahead!” This is the common term for the switch from standard time to Daylight Saving Time, which is observed during the spring and summer months. It is a reminder to turn your clocks ahead by one hour to 2 a.m. on a specific Sunday morning (this year, it’s March 12 ).

The tradition of daylight savings is used by 40% of the world. Most countries where it recognized are industrialized countries that rely on manufacturing and industries where schedules are dictated by the time on the clock. In societies that are based on agriculture, as in much of Asia and Africa, clock time is less important than the position of the Sun in the sky and the timing of seasonal weather.

So why all the fuss? The reason for Daylight Saving Time is to merge the best of both clock time and agricultural time. The spring ahead puts more of the daylight in the evening, where it can be enjoyed by urbanites, while still allowing for a Sun-based schedule for farmers. Nevertheless, it is a big adjustment for everyone. Following are some ways you can prepare for a seamless transition to Daylight Saving Time.

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Spring Cleaning

After a long winter with the house insulated against the cold, many people choose the return of warmth to do major cleaning tasks. This transition is actually a good one to do in both spring and fall, because changing the time can be a good reminder to do some of your home’s long-term maintenance projects , such as…

  • Flipping your mattress

  • Checking your alarms and insulation

  • Installing fresh batteries in your thermostats and smoke detectors.

This is also a splendid time to check and clean your HVAC system , since the air conditioning has probably spent the winter collecting dust and other microscopic air particles. Even the simple act of changing the filter in your air conditioning unit can cool the house faster and reduce energy costs, but clearing the vents of dust can also keep away coughs and those nasty summer colds.

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Sleep Well

Many adults have a difficult time adjusting to the time change , and it is even worse on kids, especially the younger they are. Losing just one hour of sleep can cause an adult to have the same reaction time as someone under the influence of alcohol, while the disruption of a child’s sleep schedule can cause issues at home and at school.

However, if you spend the week prior to the spring ahead preparing your home for the loss of the hour, you can avoid you and your family losing any sleep. Spending time in natural sunlight, going to bed or waking up a little earlier each day, and doing relaxing things before bed to ensure a good night’s rest can all ease the transition when the clocks jump ahead.

Image titleExamine Your Energy Usage

This is also a good time to do an energy audit of your home. An energy audit checks your home for places where energy might be getting wasted . This is more than leaving the lights on too long. For example, weak insulation can cause energy bills to go up because the delicious AC is getting out.

Inefficient energy use wastes precious resources and money! The weather is about to get warmer, and this is also going to change your energy use for the duration of the spring and summer, so Daylight Saving Time is not only a convenient time to do an energy audit, but an important one.

Image titleLet The Light In

Sunlight is wonderful because it not only nourishes plants, it also nourishes you. Studies have proven that spending time in sunlight helps the body and mind in a lot of healthy ways. Natural light is also more energy efficient because it uses less energy in the form of fewer light bulbs and even provides heat which can sustain your home on cool nights. In fact, light bulbs also give off heat, which has an effect on the temperature of your home.

Using natural light effectively, such as relying on windows and light reflection to both light up and heat your home, can not only save energy, but also be healthy for you!

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Your appliances and electronics also play a major role in preparing for spring ahead. Most important is setting your clocks, which you want to do the night before. Clocks on devices such as tablets, phones and computers will set themselves, but wall clocks, watches, and even the clock in your car will need to be set by hand.

This is also a good time to take into account how your electronics are set up:

  • If your television or refrigerator is too close to a thermostat, it can be set off more frequently than it needs to be.

  • Ceiling fans should be turning in the right direction to spread cold air around a room so you can use less air conditioning.

  • Computers and stereos can even add a little heat to the house if left constantly running.

Preparing your home for Daylight Saving Time includes taking a look at all of these things and determining how the time change will change their use.

Daylight Saving Time doesn’t have to be stressful or inconvenient if you prepare a few things ahead of time. By following the above advice, you can even make it an easy transition into a wonderful warm season for you and your family. When your home is ready for Daylight Saving Time, it gets you ready for it too!

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Irene Medina PA CRS GRI CDPE GREEN

IRENE MEDINA "Standing by YOU Every Step of the Way!" A Passion for Education and Sustainable Living Irene's passion for education and sustainable living are what make her stand out from the ....

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