Have you been drinking extra coffee this week? The spring switch to Daylight Saving Time can be rough—especially for those of us who aren't morning people—but that extra time in the afternoon sun sure is nice! The change took a few people by surprise—this is only the third year that Daylight Saving Time started the second Sunday in March, rather than the first Sunday in April.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed the start and end dates of Daylight Saving Time in order to save energy, and DOE has found that it worked. The savings from the shift, while small percentage-wise, are enough to power about 122,000 average U.S. homes for a year. See the article in EERE Network News for more information and a link to DOE's report.
Whether you've noticed a change in your own savings or not, almost everyone affected by the change has an opinion! Love it or hate it, tell us (politely, please!):
How do you feel about the extended Daylight Saving Time?
E-mail your responses to the Energy Saver team at firstname.lastname@example.org.