Daylight Savings Time: Important Tasks Beyond Changing the Clock

Every year we switch our clocks forward or back for Daylight Savings Time. Do you know why? Perhaps you’re like many Americans who believe that daylight saving time was adopted to provide more time for farmers to work in the field. Would you be surprised to learn that this isn’t true?

The agriculture industry actually opposes daylight saving time as their schedule is dictated by the sun and not by the clock. The origins of daylight saving time goes back to over 100 years ago. It was first adopted by Germany in 1916 in order to conserve electricity during wartime. The US adopted daylight savings time in 1918 for similar reasons.

Today, the biggest proponents of daylight saving time have been urban retail business. According to Michael Downing, a lecturer at Tufts University and author of the book “Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, “the principal supporter of daylight saving in the United States has been the Chamber of Commerce on behalf of small business and retailers. The Chamber understood that if you give workers more sunlight at the end of the day they’ll stop and shop on their way home.”

Make the Most out of Daylight Saving Time

While only 25% of the world actually uses daylight saving time, that doesn’t mean we still can’t make the most out of it. Periodic appliance cleaning is important to maintain your appliances, keep them running at their best performance and to ensure the safety of your home. Here are some ways you can use daylight saving time to your advantage:

  • Change Your Appliance Filters: Some filters need changing more often than others, but you’ll definitely want to check any appliances that filter air or water. Here are some systems to check: 
    • Furnace and air conditioning air filters 
    • Vacuum cleaners 
    • Refrigerator water filters 
    • Dishwasher filters 
    • Air purifiers and humidifiers
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  • Refrigerator coils/gaskets: Cleaning your refrigerator coils is one way to save some money. When the coils are dirty, they have to work hard which in turn makes your refrigerator less efficient. The same goes for cleaning and repairing the gaskets.
  • Deep Clean Washer and Dishwasher: If you’ve noticed a mildew smell in your appliances, using a cleaner tablet like Affresh for your dishwasher and washer not only kills bacteria but also removes residue that causes bacteria to grow. Make sure to check your manual to see what the manufacturer recommends.
  • Clean the dryer vents: We can’t stress this enough. It’s not just a matter of safety, but it also helps dry your clothes faster, keeps your dryer working efficiently and helps your dryer last longer.
  • Check the batteries: This is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and other devices. Make sure to test your smoke alarms once a year and replace them if they are over 10 years old, as recommended by The National Fire Protection Association.

Want to learn more about daylight saving time? Check out this link.  

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