Dark-Thirty and Extra Hour

Dark-Thirty and Extra Hour

Dark-Thirty and Extra Hour

The time changed on Sunday. Did you remember to reset your clocks?

Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about self-adjusting clocks. Sometimes it is just easier to leave manual clocks the wrong time until they correct themselves in the spring.

What did you do with your extra hour? Sleep in? Meditate? Enjoy the silence?

My children woke up at their normal school-day time, but thanks to the time change, it seemed like the middle of the night. They came in from playing an hour earlier and lamented how bored they were until they reluctantly went to bed.

No parent EVER said, “I am so happy that it gets dark at 5 p.m.”

If you were one of the lucky ones and got to enjoy your hour, good for you. If you didn’t, just pretend it is one of those things you get to keep and use later. When you finally decide to use that hoarded hour, make sure you use it on something that is going to benefit you in the long run.   

As we head into colder weather, here are five things that can be done in under an hour and can help you save energy:

  1. Test for air leakage around your windows and doors. Caulk and weather strip where it’s needed.
  2. Check your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked.  Not only will you save energy, you might just prevent a fire.
  3. Close your fireplace flue damper and make sure it is tight.
  4. Install foam gaskets behind outlets and wall switchplates.
  5. Call your heat pump contractor to schedule a seasonal tuneup.

An hour never seems like a lot, but you will be amazed how much you can accomplish. Sometimes it’s the little things that offer us the biggest savings. For more energy-saving tips, go to Santee Cooper’s website.

Author Jessica Yourko

Jessica Yourko

Jessica Yourko is Santee Cooper's CIS Business Analyst and has worked with Retail Operations since 2001. She graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 1997 with a bachelor's in marketing and received her MBA from Winthrop University in 2006. Jessica is proud native of Horry County. She lives in Myrtle Beach with her husband and two children. In her free time, you can find Jessica soaking up the sun while she works on some project that likely involves fabric, paint or a glue gun.