Tag Archives: energy

Daylight Savings Time

2am clock

2am clock

There have been so many stories online and on television about Daylight Savings Time, and why the United States changes the clocks back and forth. Common misperception is that it somehow benefits the farmers. My grandfather is a farmer, and he always ignored the changing of the clocks. He used to say that the livestock needs to be fed the same time every day, and the cows need to be milked the same time every day, and they don’t understand, or care, about our stupid clocks!

I understand at some point in time some people who were supposed to be smart declared that it would save energy, but the reality is that it does NOT save energy at all. And research has indicated that people get their bodies so out-of-whack with the clocks changing that they get into more accidents, and that ends up costing more money on healthcare, and missed work!

I think it is time we stopped changing the clocks back and forth! How can we get that changed?

Water conservation

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been interested in conservation. Not just conserving energy, but conserving wildlife, and conserving the environment. I can remember going on field trips while in elementary school to places that taught the importance of conservation, and I was very impressed by it all. That’s one reason why I’ve become interested in rain harvesting as a way to conserve water.

I think that if enough people used a rain water barrel to collect rain and use it to water their gardens, that we would not have as many drought-related water restriction days during the summer.  I’ve seen quite a few really nice rain barrels on the market lately; some just look like fancy planters and actually make the outside of the house look nice! So you can conserve water and look good doing it too!

Turning out the lights

Post contributed by Hilton Miranda

My sister and I have been talking about our energy providers a lot recently and trying to decide if we want to go green. We were using Stream Energy Comparison to see how much her provider differed. We both thought that making more green decisions would be harder than it is. Everyone keeps talking about going green, but really I did not know what people meant when they said it. It just sounded like a catch phrase to me. I think it started with my sister always following me room to room and turning all the lights off. I thought it was annoying at first, but she explained to me that we should conserve energy and lights were a part of that. She convinced me we needed to do it with the lights, the water and even with how much trash we threw away. Now the next step for us is choosing a provider that will allow us to keep saving energy and making green decisions. My sister says that no matter who the provider, it really comes down to decisions like turning out the light.