Grand Valley Residents Spring Forward

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Because of a federal law passed two years ago, designed to conserve energy, Grand Valley residents will be springing forward a few weeks earlier this year.

For some, setting the clocks ahead Saturday night means a groggy morning after losing an hour of sleep. For others, it's just like any other day.

"My day begins at five o'clock and I go until nine o'clock," said Grand Junction resident Melody Sebesta. "It doesn't matter when the sun comes up or when it goes down."

Farmers say, however, it does matter.

"I've got quite a few horses and I end up having to feed them in the dark every night all winter," said farmer Don Jensen. "In the summer it's worked out great with the daylight saving time."

Some even say they wish they didn't have to wait until an already bumped up date for it to happen.

"I'd like daylight saving time to stay basically year round," said Jensen.

In 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act which caused daylight saving time to start eariler and end later. The idea behind the move was that giving U.S. citizens more daylight would cause them to use less energy.

"There are less people up early in the morning," said Jensen. "Everybody is up in the evening so you're using a lot more energy in the evening."

But it's an idea that many feel hasn't had much impact on their energy use.

"I think they're already monitoring that pretty good," said Sebesta. "People aren't at home any more or any less during the summer or the winter because they're working."

Officials with Xcel Energy says factors like growth, weather, and air conditioing usage makes it nearly impossible to tell if the switch really does save energy.

According to a study done by UC Santa Barbara, people actually used more energy during daylight saving time.

Daylight saving time officially starts at 2:00am Sunday.


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