Each year at the beginning of Autumn we are reminded about the end of daylight savings and the start of shorter, cooler days.
What exactly is “daylight savings” for? Well, we advance our clocks forward during spring and summer to increase the amount of natural light in the evenings, giving us more time in the afternoon to get things done outdoors. It also reduces the use of artificial light required in the evenings which in turn diminishes power usage.
This practice has been both prized and criticised. Changing the clocks on all equipment and appliances in our houses and offices can be frustrating. It can also create confusion with time differences, in particular with Queensland who are in the same time zone as NSW, VIC & Tasmania but do not have daylight savings. Nevertheless, in NSW, ACT, VIC and Tasmania we all have to adjust the time twice a year.
Most of us remember that we need to set our clocks back one hour, but many people forget to change their light timers in the office.
So, did you remember to reset your timer last weekend?
If you are still set on “daylight savings time” and you haven’t adjusted your timers yet, you might be finding yourself in the dark a little earlier than expected at the end of the day. You will also have your lights and/or outdoor signage coming on an hour earlier than normal, possibly even when it is not needed. If you find that you are switching your lights back on at the end of the day, after they have automatically been shut off, this is going increase your energy consumption which will also increase your power bill, so make the switch now and save yourself some money.
Don’t have a timer for the lights in your office yet? Now is a good time to consider it. Managing your office energy consumption is easier if you install automatic timers to switch off the lights or power so you can avoid unnecessary electricity usage. They’re cheap and easy to programme meaning you can stay focussed on other important matters rather than constantly worrying about the continual waste of electricity from poor energy management.
Daylight savings also marks the approach of winter which means it’s almost time to get those heaters out. As such it’s a really good time to get all your electrical appliances checked, tested and tagged for safety (as this should be done every 6-12 months).
When was the last time you had your heaters and other appliances tested and tagged?
Have you had your smoke detectors checked recently?
Whether you have battery powered or hardwired smoke detectors, you definitely need to have them checked regularly. After all, this is one item you definitely want working when it really matters most!
If you are struggling to reset the time on your timers or have just realised it’s time to get your electrical appliances tested and tagged for safety…. contact us today on 1300 303 506 for a quote and have everything safely working this winter.