Daylight saving time ends: How to light up the fall (and save money) (+video)
Daylight saving time ends this Sunday, meaning peak heating and lighting season really ramps up. Daylight saving time is itself a means to save energy, but there are plenty of other ways to save money and energy this fall and winter.
Cooler, shorter days mean more lighting and heating, but it doesn't have to mean killer utility bills.
Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, in most states. The clock-tinkering policy is itself an attempt to cut down on electricity use, but that has shown mixed results. Luckily, there's no shortage of other ways to power through peak lighting and heating season more efficiently, especially as the price of advanced light bulbs and heating technologies continue to fall.
The coming winter is expected to be much like the last, with the Northeast about 3 percent colder and the West about 3 percent warmer, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Still, the half of the the country that heats their home with natural gas can expect to pay on average 13 percent – about $80 – more on their heating bills this winter than they did last winter.
That may seem like a big jump, but natural gas users will still pay less than the five-year average, largely thanks to the domestic boom in natural gas production. Propane users will see their heating expense rise by 9 percent, according to EIA, and electricity users will see a 2 percent jump. Homeowners that rely on heating oil to stay warm are the only group expected to see a drop in the utility bill – costs are projected to fall by 2 percent.
So with the end of daylight saving quickly approaching, here are a few ways to make your fall and winter a little easier on the wallet: