A Brief History of Daylight Saving Time

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One of the most important, yet uninspiring specs of being a homeowner is receiving (and paying) an energy bill. Do you find yourself constantly having discussions to try and figure out why the light bill is so high? Daylight savings might have something to do with it…

Lots of people don’t realize there are tons of variables that affect energy bills. For example, people that have trees around their home tend to have cooler homes and do not need the air conditioner as much during the day, but since they don’t receive much sunlight, they may need to use the lights more frequently than a home that’s right out in the open.

And that brings us to daylight savings…

It began back during the World War I era — when conserving fuel needed to produce electric power became a major concern. Germany and Austria were among the first to adopt daylight savings and it wasn’t formally introduced in the U.S. until 1918.

Many places across the globe do not practice daylight savings because they are so far from the equator that the change is hardly noticeable; however, in Pennsylvania, and plenty of other areas of the United States, daylight savings is gravely important.

Why? Because the seasons are drastic and the change between summer and winter often has a great impact on your energy consumption.

Think about it. In the winter you have shorter days and it’s colder outside. That means you’re going to be relying on artificial light for longer periods of time and you’ll also be needing a reliable heating system. Both of which can drive up energy bills.

In the summer, the days are longer and hotter, so you may be able to get away with using less lighting.

What’s the next step? Remember to set your clocks back an hour on the first Sunday of November each year and then ahead on the second Sunday of March.Visit GEN3 Electric and chat with the friendly representative in the chat box on the bottom right of the screen or give us a call at 215-512-4102.