spring forward, fall backward, feed a cold starve a fever.... what??!

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

It's that time of the year again; time to set our clocks back an hour, return to standard time, and "gain" an extra hour. That means this Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 am, Daylight Saving Time officially ends until its return on the second Sunday in March, 2010.

Since 2007, Daylight Saving Time has actually been four weeks longer, thanks to the passage of the Energy Policy Act in 2005 (which my car hasn't yet caught onto). The Act extended Daylight Saving Time by four weeks in an attempt to save 10,000 barrels of oil each day through reduced use of power by businesses during daylight hours. Unfortunately, the Department of Energy (DOE) says that it's difficult to determine actual energy savings, if any, as a result of Daylight Saving Time. But, there are definitely some easy steps you can take to save significantly on your household energy bills.

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Did you know that water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home, especially in the coming months? According to the DOE, it's true. With this in mind, I thought I'd share with you a few of the DOE's energy-efficient water heating strategies to help you save throughout the holiday season.

    * Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
    * Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120° F.
    * Repair leaky faucets promptly; a leaky faucet wastes gallons of water in a short period of time.
    * Install aerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads. Select a shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute) for maximum water efficiency.
    * Consider natural-gas on-demand or tankless water heaters. Researchers have found savings can be up to 30% compared with a standard natural-gas storage tank water heater.
    * Consider installing a drain water waste heat recovery system. A recent DOE study showed energy savings of 25% to about 30% for water heating using such a system.
    * Install heat traps on the hot and cold pipes at the water heater to prevent heat loss. Some new water heaters have built-in heat traps.
    * Insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.

Have a safe and happy Halloween – and enjoy your "extra hour" of standard time.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 2929 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois

   

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You're 2 laps ahead of me dude.  It's amazing that I'm allowed on the same blogging community as you!

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Larry - don't sell yourself short.  This place wouldn't be the same without you.

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Alan...

Good advice and thanks for the reminder about changing my clocks!

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never drink milk with fish, never mix metaphors, umm...and what day is the clock thang again?

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Richard - I know.. it kinda snuck up on me, too.

Russell - never drink milk, with or without fish, if it has less than 1% milkfat, near a microwave, cause it'll cause your stomach to curdle... and the day depends on your location... if you're in Texas, it's on Sunday morning, everywhere else it's Saturday night

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The whole Spring forward and Fall back thing just throws me off for some reason. Good tips for saving on the energy bill my friend.

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JL - I do what I can... thanx

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I can't believe it is time for Day Light Saving ending.... I hate it when it is dark at 4:30.... this year has really flown.

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Joan - I know... we had very little summer this year... and I feel as though the year is already over.

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You know, I totally forgot about that.  Thanks -- as Joan points out, time flies

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It sure does, Carla... tonight's the night.

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Don't forget to check the batteries in your smoke detectors today too.....

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An excellent addendum, Craig.  Don't forget to salt your batteries today!

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... Craig took my addendum, that sneaky FrankenStealer !

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Craig, you give that back to Mr. Scary Skeleton Face... right now.

 

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I'll turn this blog around right now, if you two don't settle down.

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