Time to Spring Forward! Daylight Saving Time Starts this Sunday at 2 a.m. 104

Tomorrow, Sunday, March 10th, clocks will be set forward one hour, indicating the beginning of Daylight Saving Time (DST) for much of the country.

The spring forward shifts additional daylight into the evening.  The time change doesn’t happen at midnight like some expect, instead it happens at 2 A.M. when most people are in bed. This was done to try to cause minimal disruption and confusion. By waiting until 2 A.M. to give or take an hour it prevents the date from switching.  It is also when the fewest trains are running, before most early shift workers leave for work, and most bars and restaurants are already closed.

DST has been widely accepted across the country, but it’s not mandated by federal law and is not observed nationwide.  If you really cant stand springing forward and falling back each year you may consider moving to Arizona who has opted out since 1968. Arizona summers are very hot, and an earlier sunset gives residents more time to enjoy tolerable temperatures before bed. Hawaii also opts out, given Hawaii’s latitude it doesn’t see a noticeable daylight hour difference between winter and summer months so extending daylight wouldn’t make much difference.

Where did this Daylight Saving Time originate?  Benjamin Franklin introduced the concept in 1784 after visiting Paris stating that longer daylight hours would save on candle use. The first documented written proposal for Daylight Savings Time was put forward by William Willett in 1907.  Willett argued that we were wasting important daylight by rising at the same time in the summer as we did throughout the winter months.  In 1916, Germany was first to adopt the idea to attempt to conserve coal during World War I, then Britain, along with many other European nations, followed suit. It wasn’t until 1918 that the time change spread to the U.S..  When the first time Daylight Saving was instituted year-round in the US, it was called “War Time”. Time zones were called “Eastern War Time”, “Central War Time”, and “Pacific War Time”.  After the surrender of Japan in mid-August 1945, the time zones were relabeled “Eastern Peace Time”, “Central Peace Time” and “Pacific Peace Time”.  Most countries, including the U.S., ceased official observation of the switch following wartime. Daylight Saving Time was re-introduced in the US in the beginning of 1974 to save energy.  At the time, the US was in the middle of a nationwide energy crisis and the government was looking for ways to reduce public consumption.

Even though Daylight Saving Time was implemented to save fuel, there is no actual evidence that DST reduces energy use.  While it’s true that changing the clocks can save residents money on lighting, the cost of heating and air conditioning tends to increase. That extra hour of daylight is only beneficial when people are willing to go outside to enjoy it. It’s probably fair to say that especially in today’s world, energy-wise, it’s pretty much a wash.

Daylight Saving Time has been a topic of debate in our country for decades not only because of its questionable effect on energy conservation, but also because of its impact on the agriculture, hospitality and retail industries as well as human health.

Most health professionals feel DST should be abolished or implemented year-round.  They feel the change is it is disruptive to our bodies, especially in the Spring when we “lose” and hour.  Studies show that the extra hour of sleep we lose by springing ahead can have an adverse impact on our overall health.  In the days after Daylight Saving Time starts, our biological clocks are a little bit off. One hour of lost sleep may sound insignificant, but small disruptions in our sleep patterns have been shown to dull our senses and diminish our mental capacity.  An increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and susceptibility to illness have all been linked to the change in time.

Many east coast residents believe that daylight saving time shift into the evening should be extended year-round. They believe the extension would positively impact our health, economy, social lives and community.  It’s interesting to think about.  How would our patterns change, if at all? The length of light we experience each day wouldn’t change; that’s determined by our location and the tilt of Earth. However, we would experience more light during times that better accommodate our modern lives.   If daylight saving were always in effect most people argue that we could enjoy after-work light hours— and there’s a strong believe that this after-work light is worth more to us than morning light. Children get more exercise when the sun is out later and can play outside in the evening.  Adults would engage in more leisure activities after work, meet a friend for drink or be encouraged to shop a little later.

What do you think?  If you had a choice would you prefer more light hours in the morning or evening?  Well regardless of your preference, as residents of Long Island, Daylight Saving Time will begin again tomorrow.  Time will spring forward and you will be losing an hour of sleep this weekend.  Don’t forget to check your clocks to be sure they “Spring Ahead” tomorrow!

Fun Daylight Saving Time Facts:

  • Last year, DST began on March 11 and ended on Nov. 4. And this year, DST will begin on March 10 and ends on Nov. 3, 2019. You will then move your clock forward an hour on March 8, 2020, and the cycle will begin again.
  • In 1930, Stalin adopted Daylight Saving Time for Soviet Union, but he forgot to “Fall Back” and it stayed this way for the next 60 years.
  • During the 1950s and 60s, each U.S. region could begin and end Daylight Saving Time whenever they wanted. Due to widespread chaos, Congress passed the Uniform Time act of 1966, which created a standard time.
  • In 1987, Chile delayed Daylight Saving Time to accommodate a visit from the Pope. Chile also delayed switching the time in 1990 for a presidential inauguration.
  • In September 1999, daylight saving time helped prevent a terrorist bombing. When West Bank terrorists failed to realize that Israel had switched back to standard time, their bombs exploded an hour too early—killing three terrorists instead of the intended victims.
  • In 2012, a guy in Ohio was arrested twice in one day, at the exact same time, due to Daylight Saving Time
  • DST costs the U.S. billions of dollars a year in disruptions to the airline and retail industry, TV ratings and the stock market
  • A 2014 a poll found that an increasing number of Americans do not think daylight savings is worth the hassle. In 2014 33% of Americans supported the time change, down from 45% the year before.
  • Researchers found a 2% decrease in SAT scores when the tests were administered after Daylight Saving Time.
  • Surfing the web for enjoyment during work hours, increases significantly the first Monday after Daylight Saving Time begins in the spring. Researchers attributed this increase to lack of sleep and thus lack of focus and motivation.
  • Globally, about one-quarter of people in approximately 70 countries around the world implement Daylight Saving Time, though different countries change their clocks at different times. The only major industrialized countries that do not observe DST are Japan, India, and China.
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Town’s Green Initiatives Continue to Impress 96

Supervisor Ed Romaine has announced that his “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Initiative” continues to show impressive results by reducing the Town’s CO2e emissions by 33% in 2018 as compared to the baseline year of 2005. The term CO2e refers tocarbon dioxide equivalents.” It is a measure of the global warming potential given by a particular greenhouse gas as a function of the amount or concentration of carbon dioxide gas. The figures are for fossil fuel derived carbon emissions that are within the Town’s control from Town operations. The evaluation follows Local Government Operations Protocol (LGOP) for emission inventories. Staff from the Town’s Department of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management (RSMM) use a tool available through the EPA called the Local GHG Inventory Tool: Government Operation Module. This tool takes energy use data and transforms it using built-in emission factors. The output is the standard tons of CO2e or tons of carbon emission equivalents. The raw energy use data comes from PSEG, National Grid, and home heating oil bills, along with totals of gasoline and diesel used by the Town’s fleet.

Pictured above is one of the Town’s electric vehicles at a charging station in Heritage Park in Mount Sinai. The Town also installed charging stations at the Moriches Bay Recreation Center and the Parks Administration Building in Centereach.

The solar array at the Town’s Holtsville Ecology site is pictured above. Solar arrays are also located at the Manorville Compost facility and Town Hall, with another under construction at Brookhaven Calabro Airport and one planned for the amphitheater parking lot in Farmingville.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I am very pleased with the findings in this report. The results put the Town right on track to reach my goal and I thank all Town employees who are doing the big and little things that conserve energy and reduce our carbon footprint. I ask all the residents of Brookhaven Town to do their part as well. Together, we can make a difference and leave our future generations with a better place to live.”

Councilman Neil Foley, Town Board Liaison to the Department of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management said, “The Supervisor’s track record has put the Town in a position to lead the way on green energy issues for years to come. I am very proud to be part of his team and to have the opportunity to make such a positive impact on the environment that we will leave here for our children.”

In comparing 2018 to 2005 (baseline), the report indicated:
Annual electric consumption down 2,392,298 KWh. CO2e reduction = 7,396.55 tons.
Annual gasoline consumption down 122,077 gallons.  CO2e reduction = 1,413.55 tons.

A breakdown of the Town’s 2018 carbon emissions by source:
Street Lighting             36%
Vehicle Emissions       28%
Other Town Buildings 22%
Town Hall                     12%
Traffic Signals               2%

As streetlights throughout the Town continue to be converted to energy efficient LED lighting, the projected Town-wide reduction of the Town’s CO2 Emissions will be up to 35% by the end of 2019.

At a recent Town Board Work Session, staff from the Town’s Department of Planning and Environment and Department of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management presented an update on Supervisor Romaine’s Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Initiative. The Supervisor announced in 2015 that the Town was committed to a 50% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from its operations by 2020 to become a sustainable, self-reliant, environmentally pro-active community. This will help combat climate change, reduce vulnerability to fluctuating fuel prices and supply and prepare for future economic challenges. The Supervisor’s program incorporates new technology and industry practices and responds to 21st century challenges for communities to become more energy independent by combating climate change, reducing vulnerability to fluctuating fuel prices and preparing for future economic challenges.

For more information about Supervisor Romaine’s “Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Initiative,” visit the Town of Brookhaven website at www.brookhavenny.gov.

East Main Street Road Closure – Night Road Work Starts Tonight (5/13/19) at 9pm 51

Please be advised that beginning tonight, Monday May 13th at 9 pm, East Main Street in Patchogue, from the Four Corners to Rider Avenue, will be closed due to road work.

The village will be resurfacing East Main Street from Rider Avenue east to Bay Avenue.  The project is expected last four four nights with completion slated for Thursday am.  The planned road closure will continue each evening beginning at 9 pm through 5 am until work is completed.  The Village apologizes in advance for any inconvenience as motorists should expect lane closures and detours for the duration of the project.

 

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