When Daylight Saving Time (DST) was first adopted by the United States in 1918, the objective was to “preserve daylight and provide standard time for the United States” (US Congress, 1918, 1942). Today, its benefits are ignored for the most part, and most Americans simply adjust their clocks forward, albeit grudgingly, as part of the annual event.
This spring, let our HVAC repair specialists at Bounds Heating & Air show how DST can actually help save you money when it comes to your heating and cooling expenses.
As we approach the summer solstice, the daylight hours grow longer, peaking during the solstice itself as we enjoy the longest period of daylight of the year. Adjusting our clocks forward by an hour makes it so that we’re able to take advantage of an extra hour of sunlight throughout DST.
That one extra hour of daylight translates to one less hour you need to have your lights on. Likewise, the energy savings from DST extends to your heating and cooling. Because of the time skip, we save at least an hour’s worth of consumption on our electricity bills. Of course, this hour is recouped at the end of DST, but because of the re-adjustment, this is barely noticeable.
Additionally, the reduced usage can also extend the life of your unit, which means fewer air conditioning repair visits and even more savings.
Adjusting Your HVAC System
The Department of Energy estimates that for every degree you turn your thermostat down (in the winter) or up (in the summer) for 8 hours, you can cut up to 1% from your utility bill. Consider turning your thermostat down 7 to 10 degrees while you’re at work or when you’re asleep and you can save up to 10 to 15% on your total utility bill annually. These savings can be increased even more by making use of programmable thermostats.
At Bounds Heating & Air, we’re your number one provider of HVAC maintenance, repair and installation services. Give us a call at (352) 278-9123 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your heating or air conditioning service today. We serve clients in Gainesville, FL.