Sunday April 6, 2003

Spring Ahead

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. Today is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Winter is officially over. Summer is officially on the way.

I hate winter. I hate short days and sundown before 5pm. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is real, as is its milder cousin, the "Winter Blues". But in February the days start getting noticeably longer again. The sun isn't down at 5... there's more light. And then, on the first Sunday of April, we shift an hour of that lovely daylight to the evening. Huzzah!

California actually petitioned Congress for year-round DST! Unfortunately, the request was made in May 2001; that was before 9/11 and Iraq so Congress probably has other things on their minds these days :-(

DST saves energy. Studies done by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that we trim the entire country's electricity usage by about one percent each day with Daylight Saving Time. California has a report (PDF format) called Effects of Daylight Saving Time on California Electricity Use. I'm a fan of saving energy... but mostly, I just love the fact that the sun sets an apparent hour later today.

More light. More day! Winter is over for another year.

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