Friday, August 13, 2010
One of the main reasons daylight saving time began was to save energy. The reasoning behind this observance was that the least amount of electricity is used while people are in bed, sleeping (no lights, etc.) By springing time forward, the duration between sunset and bedtime is lessened. The brighter it is before bedtime, the lesser lighting will be necessary for daily business.
Solar lighting in the home provides free, renewable energy with every flick of a light switch. Solar energy is not simply renewable, but also inexhaustible. It is interesting to consider that, were everyone to utilize the sun's free energy for lighting and general electricity, one of the purposes for observing daylight saving time would be gone.
Of course, the extra light available in the evenings may be enough of an advantage to keep daylight saving time around. Regardless, many would simply appreciate the savings which the use of solar lighting produces.
This is true on an individual scale as well as on a governmental one. There have been many cultural and political initiatives taken to reduce energy use before and since the conception of daylight saving time. The United States has had varying energy policies since the colonial days, beginning with standard procedure for timber and coal use. In more recent years, three energy policy acts have been passed in 1992, 2005, and 2007.
It is never too soon to start saving money in terms of energy costs. Solar lighting can aid with this by reducing reliance on fossil fuels and the electrical grid. In addition to this, it works to save the environment. There is no risk of depleting the planet’s resources, nor any production of harmful waste or emissions.
The use of solar lighting may simply be a cost effective choice, or it can be used to make a statement about responsible energy use. It is also possible the buyer is simply fascinated with new technological advancements. Whatever the reason, installing solar lights at a home or building can spread interest in solar technology to other members of a community. The more people are exposed to a 'novel' idea, the less novel and more reasonable it becomes. This would increase energy benefits on a wider scale.