BLOG TO SAVE ENERGY
We here at the Alliance hope that everyone has recovered from “springing forward” this weekend—Daylight Saving Time can be a drag first thing on Sunday morning after clocks change, but we always promptly forget that once the sun stays up past 6:00pm.
Many people believe that we change the clocks to help farmers, but in actuality Daylight Saving Time was first adopted in the U.S. during World War I as a means to save electricity. Longer evenings allow for more summer barbecues and wiffle ball games, but does Daylight Saving Time really save any energy?
Senators Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Portman (R-Ohio) have reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (Shaheen-Portman). This new bill incorporates 10 previously proposed amendments into the body of the legislation.
The original Shaheen-Portman bill contained provisions on building codes, industrial efficiency, and federal agency efficiency that would cut energy costs, enhance energy security, and reduce emissions. This new package goes even further, bringing the benefits of energy efficiency to schools, households, and businesses across the country. The new bill is estimated to save Americans $16.2 billion annually, create 192,000 jobs, and avoid 95 million metric tons of CO₂—the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road—by 2030.
Sporting events are unique for their ability to bring people together. This phenomenon is most obvious during the Olympics, when billions of people tune in to watch a few thousand athletes from a couple hundred countries compete for the gold.
We truly love the athleticism, entertainment and national pride of the Olympics. However, there are issues in Sochi that should be addressed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to save huge amounts of energy and resources at future Games.