Friday, November 2, 2007

Goodbye Daylight Saving Time, For Now

by Broderick Perkins
© 2007 DeadlineNews.Com

Deadline Newsroom – This year's change from Standard Time (ST) to Daylight Saving Time (DST) started three weeks earlier than it has since 1987 -- on the second Sunday in March -- March 11, 2007 at 2 a.m. and DST will end a week later than it has since 1987 -- on the first Sunday in November, that's November 4, 2007 2 a.m.

If you correctly set your clock one hour ahead in the spring, it's now time to roll back your clocks by one hour. "Spring forward. Fall back."

In case you'd forgotten, the longer DST period was decreed by the "Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT)" which established the nation's current energy policy for the foreseeable future.

The longer DST is designed as an energy-saving measure to lop an estimated 1 percent off household energy bills, and not a moment too soon. Climate change isn't on a schedule.

When you reset old timekeepers and clocks back to ST, use the effort to also reset programmable thermostats, security systems, guest room and vacation home clocks and all those other out of the way time keepers.

Safety experts say because you will likely go from room to room to change clocks, the onset of DST and ST are also good times to pull a safety check on your home.

That includes changing batteries in smoke alarms, CO2 detectors and flash lights, taking stock of or restocking your emergency/survival kit and recharging your fire extinguisher, among other tasks that can make your home a safer place to live.

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Broderick Perkins, an award-winning consumer journalist of 30 years, is publisher and executive editor of San Jose, CA-based DeadlineNews.Com, a real estate news and consulting service, and the new Deadline Newsroom, DeadlineNews.Com's new backshop. In both cases, it's where all the news really hits home.

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