Daylight Saving Checklist; Perks to Losing One Hour

Daylight Saving time is here! Did you remember to set you clock ahead one hour? The shift started overnight at 2:00 AM on Sunday. But what we lose in 60 minutes, we'll gain in evening sunlight, possibly giving a much-needed mental health boost after a bitter winter. Some medical experts say an extra hour of sunlight in the evenings may give people a chance to feel a little less miserable, while renewing connections with the outside world. About 70 countries around the world do take part in daylight saving time including the U.S. So don't forget to change your clocks! We’ll be on daylight time until November 2nd, when we “fall back” to standard time. Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind during this time:

To save energy and improve indoor air quality, change the filters in your home’s heating and air conditioning system. Most systems recommend monthly filter changes; others require changing every 90 days or six months. To help keep track, write the date on the filter before you install it along with another note on the calendar.

While you're setting back your clock, this is also a good time to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

It's a good idea to get in the habit of changing them out once or twice a year at daylight saving time.

You may not need to throw out the batteries you just took out of your smoke detector. They could still have some juice left. You might be able to use them for remote controls, flashlights or other household devices.

While you are changing the batteries in your smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector, check to see if the device has an expiration date. Many only last five to 10 years.

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