Daylight saving time costs Chicago more than $15 million

This weekend is a little bit shorter than most. It is time to “spring forward” for “daylight saving time”

Don’t forget to set your clocks an hour ahead before you go to bed Saturday night.

Switching to daylight saving time Sunday morning could cost you more money than sleep.  The spring forward was invented to maximize sunlight working hours and minimize energy use at night.

But, an economics firm says the annual clock change costs Chicago more than $15 million a year in wasted energy.

There’s also an increased risk of heart attacks, workplace injuries and car accidents.

Overall, the time change costs the country nearly $2 billion each year.

The office of the state fire marshal also reminds you, it is a good idea to change the batteries in your smoke alarm as we make the time change.

And do not be too upset about losing an hour of sleep tonight, you’ll get it back in the first week of November when we set the clocks back an hour.

 



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